St. Monica Ministry Assists Family, Friends in Praying for Fallen-Away Catholics

Celeste Behe, who home-schooled her nine children, now grown, created the diocesan St. Monica Ministry, which began in January of this year. “The St. Monica Ministry offers prayerful support to families and friends of loved ones who have fallen away,” Behe explained.

Priests, With More Than 25 Centuries of Combined Service to Diocese, are Thanked by Bishop Schlert at Chrism Mass

The priests who came to concelebrate the Mass filled many rows in a large section of the Cathedral, and were joined by deacons, seminarians, consecrated religious, and a packed house of the lay faithful.

The Shadow of the Cross and the Glow of the Resurrection: A Holy Week Q&A with the Bishop

As we approach Easter, the AD Times spoke with Bishop Alfred Schlert about the significance of Holy Week and about how Catholics can make the most of this significant time in our liturgical year. 

Make Plans Now to Visit Other Churches for Prayer and Adoration on Holy Thursday

More than 75 churches across the five counties of the Diocese of Allentown will be open late into the evening on Holy Thursday, part of an ancient ritual that offers the opportunity for a mini pilgrimage of prayer.

Papal Honors for Monsignor Cieniewicz Celebrated at Vespers Service

The Conferral of Papal Honors for Monsignor Donald Cieniewicz was celebrated Sunday (3/19) during a Vespers Evening Prayer Service at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown. He was named a Chaplain of His Holiness with the title of “Monsignor.”

Pope Francis Marks 10 Years as Head of Worldwide Church

Pope Francis is the first Jesuit to become pope, and the first pope to come from the Americas. He chose the name Francis to honor St. Francis of Assisi, who was known for his poverty and commitment to peace.

Two Priests Take Top ‘Cooks With Collars’ Honors, But Everyone Was a Winner

The results from this year’s Cooks With Collars are in: Two priests won top honors for their parishes, but it turns out that everyone was a winner. In its third year, Cooks with Collars raised more than $300,000 for parishes thanks to thousands of parishioners who watched the cooking videos and voted for their favorite clerical-collared chefs.

St. Patrick’s Day is on a Friday in Lent, but Corned Beef and Cabbage is Still Okay

Bishop Alfred Schlert has joined many other bishops around the country in granting a dispensation to the faithful in the Diocese of Allentown this year, provided they abstain from meat on the day before or the day after March 17.

Pray, Fast, and Give Through Operation Rice Bowl This Lent

Operation Rice Bowl, an annual giving program that began in the Diocese of Allentown 48 years ago, is a great way to answer the Church’s call for almsgiving during Lent.

Bishop Schlert’s Pastoral Letter for Lent: Go To Your Inner Room

Bishop Alfred Schlert asks the faithful to read and reflect upon his Pastoral Letter as the Lenten season begins. The full text of the letter in English is posted, along with a link to the Spanish version.