News Release

January 14, 2020

The Independent Oversight Committee has released an interim report on the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, which is funded by the Diocese of Allentown to provide compensation for victims of clergy sexual abuse as one aspect of their healing.

Bishop Removes Priest, Diocese Investigating Alleged Improper Behavior
January 05, 2020

Bishop Alfred Schlert has removed a diocesan priest from ministry after the priest was observed at a high school wrestling tournament taking photographs of wrestlers without their knowledge.

Port Carbon church to close in January
December 09, 2019

Because of years of financial distress and significantly declining attendance, the Diocese of Allentown will close St. Stephen Church in Port Carbon and merge the parish into St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Saint Clair.

Statement regarding Father Kevin Lonergan
November 18, 2019

Following today’s guilty plea by Father Kevin Lonergan, the Diocese of Allentown issued the following statement:

Bishop Schlert congratulates new Bishops' Conference president
November 12, 2019

At their annual fall Assembly in Baltimore, members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops elected Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez as the new USCCB President. He is the first Hispanic American to be elected to this position Diocese of Allentown Bishop Alfred Schlert issued the following statement:

Rob Nicolella named executive director of Catholic Charities
October 31, 2019

Rob Nicolella, a seasoned administrator at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown, has been named the agency’s executive director.

Catholic Charities to provide free counseling for Fountain Street fire victims
October 28, 2019

Victims of a devastating row house fire in Allentown can now receive free counseling for post-traumatic stress and anxiety from Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Allentown.

National speakers headline Diocese of Allentown's Men's Conference
October 25, 2019

The Diocese of Allentown will hold its 8th annual Men’s Conference on Saturday, November 23rd at De Sales University from 9 AM to 5 PM. There are six keynote speakers at the conference entitled “Standing firm in Our Faith.”

Priest removed from ministry during investigation
October 13, 2019

Father Robert Potts, pastor of St. Ursula Church in Fountain Hill has been removed from ministry pending investigation that he sexually abused a minor in the late 1980s and early 1990s

For the 17th straight year auditors find Diocese in compliance with child protection charter
October 09, 2019

For the 17th time since the inception of national diocesan audits seventeen 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.