The Diocese of Allentown will hold its 8th annual Men’s Conference on Saturday, November 23rd at De Sales University from 9 AM to 5 PM.

There are six keynote speakers at the conference entitled “Standing firm in Our Faith,” which will feature presentations in both English and Spanish.

The speakers include:

  • DeSales University President Fr. James Greenfield, O.S.F.S.,
  • Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization;
  • Gus Lloyd, host of “Seize the Day,” the weekday morning show on Sirius/XM’s the Catholic Channel;
  • Sam Guzman, an author and the founder and editor of The Catholic Gentleman, a blog and social media community for Catholic men;
  • Ricardo Luzondo is a pediatric neurologist. He is an international conference speaker and singer, author and is co-founder with his wife Lucia of Renovacion Familiar Ministries, a ministry dedicated to serve marriages and families in the United States, Latin America and Europe through retreats, workshops, concerts and conferences in the areas of marriage and family life, evangelization and leader’s formation;
  • Deacon Isidro Gonzalez, Associate Director for Hispanic Outreach in the Diocese of Allentown’s Office for Permanent Diaconate Formation.

Members of the Diocesan Commission for Men serve on the Planning Committee. Stewardship: A Mission of Faith, and Relevant Radio are also conference sponsors.

Men will have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and conclude the day with a Vigil Mass.  Registration is $50 through the November 13 deadline. There is a special rate of $15 for all young men in high school or of college age.  A Spanish track is included in the day.

Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch. To register, please visit www.allentowndiocese.org/mens-conference  Questions call 610-289-8900, Ext. 2021

 

October 21, 2019 

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments, effective as indicated:

Very Reverend Richard W. Burke, C.P., to Pastor, Saint Ann Basilica Parish, Scranton, effective October 21, 2019.  Father Burke will remain as Rector, Saint Ann’s Monastery.

Reverend Gerard M. McGlone, to Administrator pro tem, Ascension Parish, Forest City, and Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, Pleasant Mount.  Father McGlone will remain Pastor of Queen of Angels Parish, Jessup.  Effective October 18, 2019.

Reverend Sibi Padinjaredath, C.P., from Administrator, Saint Ann Basilica Parish, Scranton, to Assistant Pastor, Saint Ann Basilica Parish, Scranton, effective October 21, 2019.

 

A total of 799 young adults from across the Diocese of Scranton are being honored this fall for their commitment to their faith and service to their parishes and schools.

The 2019 Bishop’s Youth Awards have been handed out to 8th grade and 12th grade students at four Masses in which Bishop Joseph C. Bambera has served as principal celebrant.

The award ceremonies began on Monday, September 23, at Saint Nicholas Parish in Wilkes-Barre where 337 nominees were honored.

The Masses continued on Monday, September 30, at Our Lady of Victory Parish in Tannersville where 117 students received awards and the following evening, Tuesday, October 1, at Saint Paul Parish in Scranton, where there were 289 nominees.

The final 56 nominees were recognized at a Mass held on Monday, October 7, at Saint Boniface Parish in Williamsport.

The first Bishop’s Youth Awards were handed out in 1996.

“It’s very important to me because I get to see the Bishop,” Evan Stabinski, 14, of Scranton said.

“I serve at the Cathedral every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and with my Boy Scout troop I occasionally do food drives and pasta dinners and I also help with the church dinners,” Stabinski said.

Evan’s twin brother Alexander also received an award and recognizes its importance.

“It’s an honor because of the fact they think I’m doing well serving God and serving my community,” Alexander Stabinski said.

The twins, who both attend All Saints Academy, find their faith in every aspect of their life, whether it’s in Church, home or their school.

“All Saints is like a family. Everybody is very close,” Alexander Stabinski said. “Faith is a big part of the education.”

Another eighth grade award recipient is Marcus Binner of Tunkhannock.

“I altar serve, sing in the choir and I was also in The Way with my brother,” Marcus Binner said.

As he saw all of the young people gathering at Saint Paul Church in Scranton to receive their awards, Binner was awestruck.

“It’s actually incredible how many people are here. It’s really cool. It’s really inspiring,” Binner added.

Marcus Binner’s older brother, Paul, a 12th grade student, was also honored with a Bishop’s Youth Award.

“I think it’s a pretty cool award because it shows how all these high-schoolers have been involved and they put a lot into their faith,” Paul Binner said.

Ethan Lehutsky, 18, a 12th grade student from Wayne County was also recognized with an award.

“I feel honored,” Lehutsky said. “I’m an Eagle Scout. I completed my Eagle project which was cleaning up the Glen Dyberry Cemetery after a tornado a couple years back hit Honesdale.”

After spending five weekends cleaning brush and fallen tree limbs, Lehutsky and several volunteers were able to help restore the cemetery.

“It definitely gives you a good feeling and it feels nice helping people take care of things,” Lehutsky said.

Serving the community is also something that Megan Winslow, 18, a parishioner of Saint Eulalia Parish knows about.

As a lector, choir member and volunteer at her annual parish picnic and monthly church breakfast, Winslow feels her faith is very important.

“It helps me through a lot of things in my life. I always have something to rely on and believe in when nothing else is there,” Winslow said.

Winslow previously attended the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) which brings together tens-of-thousands of young adults from across the nation.

“It was amazing. It was probably one of the best experiences of my life. About 25,000 people were there and we did different workshops,” Winslow said.

At a time when some people worry that young adults aren’t involved in their church or care about faith, Winslow says events like NCYC and the Bishop’s Youth Awards show otherwise.

“It shows how many people in the local community come together for religion!” Winslow said.

 

SCRANTON, PA — Following the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report in 2018, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera pledged to be open and transparent in the way that the Diocese of Scranton handles occurrences of child sexual abuse.

As a result, the Diocese announces two names have been added to its list of clergy that have a credible claim of sexual abuse against a minor.

In August 2018, the Diocese published on its website a list of all clergy, staff and volunteers who had been credibly accused of child sexual abuse. Eleven additional names were added to the online list in January 2019. Since then, additional survivors have come forward. After a review was completed in consultation with the Diocesan Independent Review Board, the two new names are listed below. We will continue to alert you periodically in the case that additional individuals are added to list.

The Diocese of Scranton urges individuals who have been sexually abused by a priest, deacon, religious, lay employee or volunteer of the Diocese to report abuse directly to law enforcement. If you are aware of additional allegations of wrongdoing or any information that should be included on this list, please contact our Victim Assistance Coordinator Mary Beth Pacuska at (570) 862-7551. If you have suffered abuse by clergy or anyone working on behalf of the Diocese, you are encouraged to contact Mary Beth Pacuska.

These names have been added to the original list of credibly accused individuals:

DIOCESAN CLERGY
Oldfield, Albert E. 

MEMBERS OF RELIGIOUS ORDERS
Gormley, James J. (S.J.)

 

Right before they received a blessing, Otis, 2, and Sir Lancelot, 8, sniffed each other and waged their tails like old friends.

The two dogs were the guests of honor at a pet blessing held on October 4, at Saint Francis Commons, an affordable, transitional housing facility for homeless veterans, which is operated by Catholic Social Services.

October 4 is the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis is remembered for his generosity to the poor and for his love of animals and nature. He is the patron saint of animals and the environment.

“We’re grateful that we have an opportunity to celebrate the gift of all creation in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi,” Father Jeffrey J. Walsh, V.E., said. Father Walsh led the blessing ceremony.

Thanks to generous funding from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation, which is administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation, as well as the PNC Foundation, homeless veterans staying at Saint Francis Commons can have a support animal through the Curative Companions Program.

“He’s not my pet. He’s my lifeline and I need him,” veteran Toyya Durham said.

Durham is Sir Lancelot’s owner. Prior to arriving at Saint Francis Commons, she was living out of her car.

“I made a promise to him when I got him that I would never let him go,” Durham said. “He’s my baby but I think we help save each other.”

Robert Wolfe, Otis’ owner, feels the same way.

“He means everything to me. If I didn’t have him I would be lost,” Wolfe said. “I come home and he senses everything. If I’m in a good mood or a bad mood, or if I’m drifting off into a bad place, he knows it and he comes and lets me know that everything is okay.”

This is the first year that the Curative Companions program has allowed veterans at Saint Francis Commons to have pets. It is already making a difference.

“We’ve had four veterans with their animals transition from homelessness to permanent housing and this funding played a big part in that!” Ryan Pollock, Saint Francis Commons Program Supervisor, said.

 

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, announces the following appointments, effective as indicated:

Reverend Richard G. Ghezzi, from Chaplain, St. Luke’s Villa, Wilkes-Barre and Little Flower Manor/St. Therese Residence, Wilkes-Barre, to Sacramental Minister, Allied Services Meade Street Senior Community, Wilkes-Barre and Allied Services Center City Senior Community, Wilkes-Barre, effective October 1, 2019.

Reverend Arun Lakra, from Heralds of the Good News Mother Theresa Province, India, to Assistant Pastor, Immaculate Conception Parish, Freeland and Good Shepherd Parish, Drums, effective October 10, 2019.

Reverend Rawel Toppo, from Heralds of the Good News Mother Theresa Province, India, to Assistant Pastor, Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Brodheadsville, effective October 10, 2019.