Fulfilling the commitment made by Bishop Alfred Schlert and his brother Pennsylvania Bishops in mid-September, the Diocese of Allentown will establish a compensation and reconciliation program to assist victims and survivors of past clergy sexual abuse.
Monsignor William Baver, director of cemeteries for the Diocese of Allentown and pastor of SS. Simon and Jude Parish, Bethlehem, has been elected vice president of the Catholic Cemetery Conference, an international Roman Catholic faith network of cemeterians and suppliers.
Catholic Charities responded to people of all faiths residing in the hardest hit areas like Port Carbon, Pottsville and Tremont.
Family Holy Hours, aimed to help families step away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sparked the interest of an estimated 1,850 faithful seeking to reconnect with one another through prayer and Eucharistic adoration.
Bishop Alfred Schlert is inviting the faithful to join him in seven days of prayer leading up to the national meeting of bishops in mid-November, at which critical decisions will be made in response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis.
“Today we look at Father Walter Ciszek’s steadfastness to the Gospel while living in a harsh environment. So much of his example is needed today because, we too, are living in a harsh time,” said Bishop of Allentown Alfred Schlert, during a special Mass imploring prayers for the advancement of the diocesan native and Jesuit priest’s cause for canonization.
Volunteer Betty Milore has been generous with her time over the years directing a food pantry, teaching Catechism, and contributing to other worthy causes in Schuylkill County.
“Today we begin a new chapter of Catholic education in the Slate Belt with the dedication of this new building, which will provide learning experiences for young students,” Monsignor York said.