“We come together as brothers and are reminded that all of us need to stand firm today in faith,” said Bishop Schlert to 700 attendees at the Diocesan Men’s Conference “Standing Firm in Our Faith,” Nov. 23 at DeSales University, Center Valley.
Cerca de 100 hombres se dieron cita en el centro estudiantil de la Universidad DeSales para participar de este evento diocesano que cada año cobra más relevancia tanto en asistencia como en la profundidad de los temas que se presentan. Este año la sesión en español también contó con el Diácono Isidro González, destacado en la parroquia Nuestra Señora de la Merced en Easton y quien recalcó desde la tarima que los hombres tienen la responsabilidad de asumir su rol de sacerdotes domésticos.
Over 150 Confirmation candidates from eight Lehigh Valley parishes attended a Confirmation retreat facilitated by NET Ministries at Allentown Central Catholic High School. The event was sponsored by the Diocesan Office of Youth, Young Adult and Family Ministry.
Art and Jo Garcia, parishioners of St. Joseph the Worker, Orefield, love passing down family traditions, family stories and the Catholic faith to their grandchildren. Sharing family traditions and stories seemed effortless, so they set out to learn more about passing down the faith.
Bishop Schlert traveled to Rome with his brother bishops from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. These periodic “ad limina” visits are required by the Vatican to bolster a bishop’s spirit, and to provide a tangible reminder of the unbroken connection from the Holy Father, as the successor of Peter, through the Bishops, to people in parishes back home.
“He listened intently to the comments of every bishop, and gave each of us a substantive response on the issues we raised,” said Bishop Schlert. He added that the Pope invited Bishops to speak from the heart, about what was on their minds, and about any questions they may have.
Holly Benner, mission education director for the Diocese of Allentown and national coordinator for Missionary Childhood Association, believes the glory of the Catholic faith and her journey to conversion needs to be shared, and has entered the blogging world to share her passion.