News Release

Diocese responds to criticism from Attorney General
September 25, 2018

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro gave a newspaper interview today that criticized Bishop Alfred Schlert’s handling of the clergy sexual abuse crisis.

Couples married 70 years honored at Diocesan anniversary celebration
September 24, 2018

Two couples married for 70 years were honored at the Diocese of Allentown 39th annual anniversary celebration on Sunday, September 23

Pennsylvania’s Bishops Pledge Support for Independent Sex Abuse Survivors’ Compensation Program
September 21, 2018

Diocese of Allentown Bishop Alfred Schlert and the other Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania issued the following statement this afternoon:

Statement on Removal of Diocesan Priest
September 18, 2018

The Diocese of Allentown has received an allegation of sexual misconduct against Monsignor Edward  Sacks dating back to the 1970s when he was assigned to the former Holy Name High School, Reading.

The Diocese of Allentown issued the following statement on Sept. 12, 2018, in response to a lawsuit filed today in Lehigh County Court:
September 12, 2018

Bishop Schlert has always viewed victims as sincere, dignified, and extremely courageous for coming forward. He has always treated them with respect, and always will. For those who suggest otherwise, nothing could be further from the truth.

Statement on Ruling Exonerating Diocesan Priest
September 12, 2018

The Diocese of Allentown thanks Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams for his swift action to investigate the allegation against Father David Gillis, a priest who has been in ministry in Florida for the past 13 years.

Principal appointed at Kolbe Academy
September 12, 2018

Diocese of Allentown Bishop Alfred A. Schlert has appointed John P. Petruzzelli as Principal of Kolbe Academy effective October 1.

Diocese to Open High School for Students in Recovery
September 06, 2018

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

Statement on arrest of Diocesan priest
August 21, 2018

The Lehigh County District Attorney has announced charges against a priest of the Diocese of Allentown

Diocese Statement on Statewide Grand Jury Report
August 14, 2018

Past incidents of abuse contained in the Grand Jury Report are abhorrent and tragic. We apologize to everyone who has been hurt by the past actions of some members of the clergy.