News Release

Livestreamed Holy Week Masses to be celebrated by Bishop Schlert at the Cathedral
April 03, 2020

Catholics throughout the Diocese of Allentown – socially distant but united in prayer – are invited to use technology to join Bishop Alfred Schlert in a series of special livestreamed Masses from the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena starting Sunday.

For safety, no palms will be distributed this weekend
April 02, 2020

To help ensure the safety of parishioners, Bishop Alfred Schlert has directed that no palm branches be distributed this weekend.

Diocesan school students continue lessons through online and remote learning
March 30, 2020

Now that the state has extended the order to close schools, Catholic school students around the Diocese of Allentown are signing on and reporting for enhanced learning online.

Suspension of Public Masses remains in effect through Holy Week
March 27, 2020

After continued consultation with healthcare professionals, and taking into account the restrictions put in place by civil authorities, Diocese of Allentown Bishop Alfred Schlert has announced that the suspension of public Masses in the Diocese will remain in place for the entirety of the upcoming Holy Week, April 5-12.

Bishop cancels public Masses to limit spread of disease
March 16, 2020

To help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, Bishop Alfred Schlert has decided that all public Masses in the Diocese of Allentown will be cancelled, effective immediately. The Diocese of Allentown comprises five counties: Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill

National reporting system will be used to hold bishops accountable
March 16, 2020

The Diocese of Allentown has joined dioceses around the nation in implementing the new Catholic Abuse Reporting Service, another important step in addressing the clergy abuse crisis and the accountability of bishops.

Pennsylvania Bishops lift obligation to attend Mass
March 12, 2020

Effective immediately, and until further notice, Bishop Alfred Schlert, in union with the Bishops of Pennsylvania, has dispensed the faithful of the Diocese of Allentown from the obligation to attend Saturday Vigil/Sunday Masses.

Catholic Schools in Lehigh, Northampton Counties Closed today and tomorrow
March 12, 2020

Diocese of Allentown Catholic schools in Lehigh and Northampton Counties will be closed today and tomorrow out of an abundance of caution while the Diocese monitors the spread of coronavirus.

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.