News Release

Statement on Father Kevin Lonergan's sentencing
February 24, 2020

The Diocese offers its heartfelt prayers to the victim, to her family, and to everyone who was hurt as the result of Father Lonergan’s actions.

Bishop Schlert's statement on Pope's Document on the Amazon Synod
February 12, 2020

“The Holy Father reminds us of our shared responsibility to be good stewards of the earth which God created for us to properly use and protect.

Nationally known speaker, author, to provide public programs on bullying
January 31, 2020

A nationally known author and expert on school bullying will give a series of presentations for parents and children at Catholic schools around the Diocese of Allentown. The programs are free and open to the public.

Bishop Schlert's Statement on New Archbishop of Philadelphia
January 23, 2020

“I offer my sincere congratulations to Archbishop-designate Nelson J. Perez on his appointment by Pope Francis as the next Archbishop of Philadelphia.

STATUS REPORT ON INDEPENDENT RECONCILIATION AND COMPENSATION PROGRAM
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.