SCRANTON – On Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton, announced that Monsignor Dale R. Rupert will be assuming the duties of the Diocesan Director of Worship, effective immediately.

The appointment comes following the departure of David Baloga from the position in the Diocesan Office for Parish Life earlier in the month.

The Diocesan Director of Worship works directly with the Diocesan Bishop in his role as chief steward of the mysteries of God and the overseer, promoter, and guardian of the liturgical life of the Church in Scranton.

As a member of the Diocesan Curia, he will oversee the planning and execution of all pontifical Masses at the Cathedral of Saint Peter and review all liturgical forms for parish-based pontifical Masses. He will also serve as a resource person to diocesan parishes, institutions, staff, and offices, and will oversee details related to the celebration of the National Eucharistic Revival in the Diocese.

Monsignor Rupert will remain Senior Priest and Pastor Emeritus, Cathedral of Saint Peter, Scranton, and Senior Priest, Immaculate Conception Parish, Scranton, Instructor in the Permanent Diaconate Program, and Diocesan Master of Ceremonies.