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Allentown priest becomes bishop of his home diocese

Pope Francis has named Msgr. Alfred Schlert, 55, administrator of the Diocese of Allentown, as the diocese's new bishop. The bishop-elect is a native of Easton and has been vicar general of the diocese since 1998.

Naming of new Allentown bishop is ‘moment of joy,’ archbishop says

In a statement on behalf of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, Archbishop Charles Chaput congratulated Msgr. Alfred Schlert who was named by Pope Francis to lead the Diocese of Allentown.

For a century, Puerto Ricans have shared faith, citizenship

The mostly Catholic residents of the Caribbean island have lived in Philadelphia since the early 20th century, bringing their Catholic faith and cultural traditions into the city's mix of peoples.

The hardest talk: Racism in parishes

The recent discussion on the prejudices people carry into parish life, which often are swept under the rug, were discussed openly at the final session in a four-part series on racism this year in archdiocesan parishes.

After K-12 in Catholic schools, quadruplets choose Catholic colleges

Elizabeth, Alexandra, Sarah and Richard are moving on from their Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood to Philadelphia-area universities, thanks to the many sacrifices of their proud parents.

Villanova University conference explores intersection of faith and sports

Approved by the Vatican and hosted by Villanova and the Big East Conference, the panel last week looked at how sports is a universal language in a divided world, among other topics.

In model of Jesus, new deacons come to serve the church

Twelve men were ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Philadelphia Archdiocese on Saturday, June 10 by Archbishop Charles Chaput, who explained the roots of deacons in the Bible.

New deacons receive parish assignments

The 12 permanent deacons ordained June 10 will serve in archdiocesan parishes, Archbishop Chaput announced, joining other clergy assignment changes.

Philly native priest still saving lives, souls in Korea after 57 years

Growing up in St. Callistus Parish, Maryknoll Father Gerard Hammond has found strength in the Korean people of both North and South. At 83 he leads teams into the North to treat tuberculosis patients.

For 20th year, 5K race keeps St. Dorothy Parish running

The annual race through the streets of Drexel Hill, which stepped off June 3, raises up to $15,000 for the Delaware County parish. John Pickhaver Jr., son of a race co-founder, was the overall winner.