The 12-member Commission will serve as an advisory commission to the Bishop and the Diocese to further the mission of evangelization and growth in discipleship of young adults.
“I’m very grateful and proud of every one of you,” Bishop Alfred Schlert told the young men studying for the priesthood. Father Christopher Butera, Diocesan director of seminarian formation and administrator of Sacred Heart, Bath, said there are 16 seminarians studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Allentown.
As part of its continuing response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis, the Diocese of Allentown has created a new cabinet-level leadership position to further strengthen its programs to prevent abuse and keep children safe.
Christine LeClair volunteers for several organizations including the St. Vincent de Paul Society at her parish, St. Joseph of the Panther Valley, Summit Hill. Her deep-seated desire to serve is consistent with her Catholic faith, she says, and prompted by her background in the Army.
Debbie Kopp has occupied some pretty big chairs during her 35-year career in education, including that of school principal. Now that she is retired, some of her favorite time is spent in the tiny chairs of a kindergarten class.
In a letter distributed to the bishops at the beginning of their Jan. 2-8 retreat, Pope Francis said he was convinced their response to the "sins and crimes" of abuse and "the efforts made to deny or conceal them" must be found through "heartfelt, prayerful and collective listening to the word of God and to the pain of our people."
Four priests who were educated in the faith at St. Jane France de Chantal School, Easton celebrated a Mass for Vocations together Dec. 20 and presented the school community with a chalice representing the vocations. Bishop of Allentown Alfred Schlert, who graduated from St. Jane School in 1975, was the main celebrant in the school’s chapel.
Each year, we faithfully celebrate at Christmas the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Christmas comes every year, even during moments of great difficulty. We only need to remember those who celebrate Christmas with a loved one at war, during times of illness, in times of unemployment, and when grieving the loss of a loved one. We also think of those who celebrate Christmas without a home or country, those who are alone, those who are victims of natural disasters, and those on the margins of society
Exactly 200 years ago this Christmas Eve -- Dec. 24, 1818 -- in a little church in what is now Austria, the world heard for the first time a poem set to music that eventually would be hailed as one of the most popular and beloved Christmas carols of all time.
“We have to remember that Christmas is Christ’s birthday. It is he who brings us joy. We should be living in joy because he is among us,” said Deacon James Russo Dec. 15 during the Commission for Women Advent Day of Reflection at the Jesuit Center, Wernersville.