The Holy Father’s decision to defrock former Archbishop Theodore McCarrick demonstrates the Church’s strong resolve to right the wrongs associated with past clergy sexual abuse. Click on the headline above to read the whole statement.
A group of Berks Catholic High School students has found a unique way to live their Catholic faith by providing service to others: acting as pallbearers at funerals.
Mercy School for Special Learning, Allentown and Marian High School Tamaqua were named Global High Schools for Catholic Relief Services. The platinum level is the highest level as a Global High School and the diocesan schools are two of the only five platinum level schools on the East Coast.
“What a privilege it is for me to celebrate the World Day of Consecrated Life together with you who are my collaborators in the Diocese of Allentown,” said Bishop Alfred Schlert, principal celebrant and homilist of a Mass with women religious of the Diocese on the World Day of Consecrated Life Feb. 2 at St. Francis of Assisi, Allentown.
Having considered the holiness of St. Paul VI and the influence of his ministry for the church worldwide, Pope Francis has approved putting the saint on the church's universal calendar of feast days as an optional -- not obligatory -- memorial.
Around this time last year, three priests for the Diocese of Allentown remembered martyrs for the Church, visited shrines, administered confession and brought Christ to others on a pilgrimage to Guatemala and El Salvador.
“Sharing what matters most with the people we love is an important part of end-of-life planning,” said Ginny Downey, who oversees Diocesan estate and planned giving programs.
“If someone sees you living a fulfilled life of integrity, they will want to know what that’s about,” said Dr. Michael Rombeiro, a professor of philosophy at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia. “There’s a big difference between religion and being a moral person.”