Pope Appoints Allentown Priest as Bishop

ALLENTOWN, LEHIGH COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)  The Vatican announced on Tuesday that Pope Francis has appointed a priest of the Diocese of Allentown, Reverend Monsignor Alfred A. Schlert, as the Fifth Bishop of Allentown.

Bishop-elect Schlert is the first priest of the Diocese to be appointed to serve as its Bishop.

He has been serving as the Diocesan Administrator since his election by the Diocesan College of Consultors on February 1, 2017 following the January 31 installation of his predecessor Most Reverend John Barres as the Bishop of Rockville Centre, NY.


Bishop-elect Schlert’s Ordination and Installation will be held on Thursday, August 31at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena in Allentown.


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