Kolbe Academy is the first Catholic high school in the nation for students battling addiction and participating in recovery from substance and alcohol abuse.
Bishop Schlert kicked off the appeal with an estimated 250 faithful by celebrating Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Bethlehem. He told the faithful that this year’s BAA, “Because We Are Catholic,” is an ideal way to reach out to the community and serve others on the peripheries and those who are marginalized.
“C.S. Lewis was an eccentric genius. His impact and influence continues to increase every day because he was different,” said Sister Sheila Galligan, theology professor at Immaculata University at Theology on Tap.
As Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy Sister Gaudia Skass spoke about God, she told the more than 300 faithful gathered at St. Joseph the Worker, Orefield, “Seeing the works of his hands and knowing his final creation is you and me … in a moment of silence in your heart, think what is he like.”
A Diocesan-wide consecration will take place Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown, during a special Holy Hour that Bishop Alfred Schlert will celebrate for the three men who will be ordained at the Cathedral the next morning.
“Working here was definitely God’s plan for me,”Bob Giba says. “It has stirred a part of my soul that I was not aware was there, and I’m happy to say that I was inspired to convert to Catholicism.”
The major relic of St. John Vianney, an 18th century French priest revered for his holiness and sanctity of life, and whose heart has been incorrupt for more than 150 years, was contained in a special reliquary and venerated by the faithful.