News Release

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.

Stained glass sale to feature pieces from Diocesan churches, convents
September 30, 2019

Architectural remnants from stained glass from closed diocesan churches and convents will be available for sale at St. Elizabeth's Church in Whitehall on Saturday, October 5.

Retired Diocesan priest determined unsuitable for ministry
September 27, 2019

Father Stephen J. Halabura, 87, who has been retired for 11 years, has been found unsuitable for ministry after an investigation of an incident that Father Halabura self-reported to the Diocese of Allentown.

Diocese to Host Grand Opening of Nation's First Catholic High School for Students in Recovery
August 20, 2019

Recognizing the critical need to provide spiritual, academic and emotional development for students who are in recovery from addiction, the Diocese of Allentown is ready to open the nation’s first faith-based recovery high school.

One year after Grand Jury Report, Diocese looks back at progress made, ahead as it rebuilds trust
August 06, 2019

It has been one year since the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on clergy sexual abuse, and during that time, the Diocese of Allentown has taken additional concrete steps – on top of the robust program it already has in place – to prevent abuse and to keep children safe.

Diocese reduces staff, takes other cost-cutting measures
July 01, 2019

The Diocese of Allentown has cut operating costs and is reducing its office work force by 24 percent

Diocesan newspaper wins national award
June 25, 2019

The A.D. Times, newspaper of the Diocese of Allentown, has received an award for sports reporting in the Catholic Press Association (CPA) 2019 Catholic Press Awards

Bishop Schlert's statement on accountability measures approved by USCCB
June 13, 2019

Diocese of Allentown Bishop Alfred Schlert welcomes the new bishop accountability processes ratified by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Diocese offers to sell closed church to local group
May 24, 2019

A group working to preserve the former St. Katharine Drexel church building in Lansford has been given the first opportunity to purchase the structure from the Diocese of Allentown