“I wanted to have Evening Prayer for the young adults in the diocese to remind you about what I said to you when I became bishop. That is, you are the treasure of the Church and the future of the Church,” said Bishop of Allentown Alfred Schlert Oct. 13 during Solemn Vespers for young adults at Holy Ghost, Bethlehem.
Jason Bach leads a busy and rewarding life as a high school teacher, adjunct college professor, husband, and proud parent of twins. But he also makes time to volunteer as an instructor for the Diocese of Allentown’s One in Christ Marriage Preparation Program.
When Monsignor Robert Wargo was a young boy, his mother would regularly pick flowers from their yard for him to present to his teachers and neighbors. Through the years, he developed an appreciation for the cheerful annual flower and soon after his mother’s death in 2013, Monsignor Wargo attempted his green thumb at growing the flower.
The San Placido Society carried the statue of San Placido through the streets of the south side of Easton marking the 100th Anniversary of the society with the annual procession.
Tom Ortwein, the first head football coach of the Crusaders of Notre Dame High School, Easton was honored at a 60th anniversary ceremony.
Question:Several national experts have recommended that a lay review board be set up with the authority to evaluate and review how sexual abuse allegations are handled. Would the Diocese be willing to establish and give authority to such a lay oversight board with men and women? William, Pottsville Answer:As we have shown recently, we have an effective protocol for handling allegations. We notify law enforcement immediately, I remove the priest from ministry immediately pending an investigation, and we are transparent in cooperation with law enforcement. ...Click on the headline above to read the whole answer. . Please note that Questions for the Bishop will end October 15.
For the 16th time since the inception of national diocesan audits sixteen years ago, the Diocese of Allentown has been found “in compliance” with the Charter for Protection of Children and Young People, adopted by the Bishops of the United States in 2002.
"God will send women to your table – it could be 80 that you need or 12. Give him the freedom to do his will and hang on tight,” said Laura White, Pennsylvania regional coordinator for Walking with Purpose: The Modern Woman’s Guide to the Bible, encouraging women of the Diocese of Allentown in their efforts to begin or augment their parish faith-sharing groups.
A decade has passed since a pro-life billboard was erected just before the Morgantown exit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The way the billboard came about and has been sustained is nothing short of a miracle, and Helen MacMinn is again looking to the faithful of the Diocese of Allentown to help keep the billboard in place.
Monsignor Edward Sacks has been cleared by an independent investigation and has returned to his role as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Bethlehem Township Independent investigators determined that no abuse of any kind occurred, and that it was an erroneous allegation. The person who made the allegation has since said the accusation was made in error. The alleged victim confirmed that he was not abused by any member of the clergy.