St. Joseph the Worker’s Marigolds Awarded Second Place at Allentown Fair

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.

San Placido Society Marks 100th Anniversary with Annual Procession

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.

First Head Football Coach of Notre Dame High School Honored at 60th Anniversary Ceremony

Tom Ortwein, the first head football coach of the Crusaders of Notre Dame High School, Easton was honored at a 60th anniversary ceremony.

Questions for the Bishop

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 16th Straight Year Auditors Find Diocese in Compliance with Child Protection Charter

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.

Women’s Faith Sharing Groups Focus of ‘Come and See’ Event

"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.

Donations Needed to Sustain Pro-Life Billboard

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 Cleared by Investigation, Has Returned to Ministry

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.

Diocesan Family Festival Inspires Faithful to Release the Spirit

About 800 people from all around the Diocese came out on a beautiful Sunday to celebrate Mass with Bishop Schlert, to eat the tasty specialty foods made by people of various parishes, and to recognize the achievements of students in Catholic education at the annual Diocesan Family Festival at Steel Stacks, Bethlehem.

Bishop Celebrates Mass of the Korean Martyrs in Weatherly

“We rely on the gifts of the Holy Spirit given to us at confirmation to live in the spirit of the holy martyrs and bring the light of Christ to each other and the community,” Bishop Schlert said.