News Release

Diocese Stands With USCCB Committee's Statement
March 24, 2017

In union with the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops' Committee on Migration, the Diocese of Allentown stands with all our brothers and sisters who are struggling trying to find a better life for their families. As Most Reverend Jose S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the committee says, "While we seek to maintain our values and safety, we must also exercise compassion in assisting and continuing to welcome the stranger."

Diocesan School Leadership Part Of Adolescent Addiction Discussion
March 21, 2017

Diocese of Allentown Catholic Schools are part of a task force exploring solutions that schools can provide to the epidemic of addiction on the rise in our communities. As part of this effort, people are invited to come and view “Generation Found,” a documentary on adolescent addiction and its program model for supporting sober solutions; especially important with the current epidemic society is facing.

Diocesan School Launches Unique Special Needs Program
March 17, 2017

St. Joseph Center for Special Learning in Pottsville, Pennsylvania has initiated a conductive education program unique to Catholic Schools in the United States - the only one of its kind in the Northeast.

Diocese Congratulates New DeSales University President
March 17, 2017

Below is the statement of Diocese of Allentown Administrator Reverend Monsignor Alfred A. Schlert on the election of the new president of DeSales University:

Diocese Awards $93,000 In Poverty Relief Fund Grants
March 13, 2017

The Diocese of Allentown has announced that 22 programs and agencies from each of the five counties of the Diocese have been awarded Poverty Relief Fund grants totaling more than $93,000. The money is allocated from the proceeds of the Poverty Relief Fund collection taken up in the 84 parishes of the diocese in the third weekend of November.

Lenten Obligation To Abstain From Eating Meat On Fridays Lifted On Saint Patrick's Day
March 09, 2017

In response to numerous inquiries and requests, Reverend Monsignor Alfred A. Schlert, Administrator of the Diocese of Allentown, will lift for Friday, March 17 only, the obligation of all Catholics to abstain from eating meat on Fridays during the penitential season of Lent.

Catholic Charities Gala To Honor Monsignor Scheaffer, Anne Jaindl And Family
February 02, 2017

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Allentown—which provided vital services for nearly 20,000 individuals and families last year throughout Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill Counties—will hold its Tenth Annual Gala with the goal of increasing fundraising for the less-fortunate in our communities. 

Diocesan Administrator Is Elected
February 01, 2017

The 10-member Diocese of Allentown College of Consultors, a group of Diocesan priests, met this afternoon (Wednesday) to fulfill its canonical duty of electing a priest of the Diocese to serve as Diocesan Administrator, in the absence of a bishop. The former Bishop of Allentown John Barres was installed as Bishop of Rockville Centre, NY on January 31.

Theology On Tap Event To Discuss Faith In The Public Square
February 01, 2017

Is religion a private practice, or must we stand up for our faith in public?

Bishop Barres Farewell Mass Set for Cathedral This Sunday
January 17, 2017

A Mass of Thanksgiving and Farewell for the ministry and service of Bishop John Barres during his seven-and-a-half years leading the Diocese of Allentown will be held at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena in Allentown at 12 noon this coming Sunday, January 22.