Bishop-Elect Alfred A. Schlert

Bishop Schlert Vesper Service and Ordination to be Televised

The Diocese of Allentown has made wonderful provisions for the faithful of our Diocese to see this moment in our Diocesan history:

  • Vesper Service, Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
    • Live coverage on Service Electric and Blue Ridge Cable TV, starting at 7 p.m.
  • Ordination Mass, Thursday, August 31st, 2017
    • Service Electric / Blue Ridge Cable: live coverage beginning at 2 p.m.
    • EWTN: Beginning at 3 p.m., with full coverage
    • CatholicTV: Live coverage beginning at 2 p.m.
    • Facebook: Live streaming beginning at 2 p.m., facebook.com/disoceseofallentown

In celebration of the Ordination and Installation of Bishop-elect Alfred Schlert as the Fifth Bishop of Allentown, the Diocese will be having two liturgical services:

  • Solemn Vespers at which the Bishop-elect will make a Profession of Faith and the Oath of Fidelity is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Catherine of Siena (1825 Turner St., Allentown, PA 18104). As the Allentown Fair will be occurring, all parking will be at St. Thomas More Church (1040 Flexer Ave., Allentown, PA 18105). Continuous shutles will be running beginning at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments in the Parish Activity Center will follow and everyone will have a chance to greet the new Bishop-Elect.
  • Mass of Ordination will be held at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena on Thursday, August 31, at 2 p.m. Because of space limitations at the Cathedral, attendance at this event is by invitation only.

About Bishop-Elect Schlert

The Vatican announced Tuesday June 27th 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 was born to Alfred and Marylou (DeRose) Schlert in Easton on July 24, 1961, just six months after the Diocese of Allentown was formed. He was educated at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Elementary School and Notre Dame High School, both in Easton. He prepared for the Priesthood at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary near Philadelphia and the Pontifical Roman Seminary and St. John Lateran University in Rome. Most Reverend Thomas J. Welsh ordained him a priest at the Cathedral of Saint Catherine of Siena in Allentown on September 19, 1987.

He served as an assistant pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Allentown, as a professor at his alma mater Notre Dame High School and as the Catholic chaplain at Lehigh University. During his years at Notre Dame he resided at St. Anthony of Padua Church and St. Bernard Church in Easton and at Sacred Heart Church in Bath. He completed graduate work at Pontifical North American College and Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and received a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Lateran University in 1992.

He was named Vice Chancellor and Secretary to Bishop Welsh in 1997 before being named Vicar General, of the Diocese by Most Reverend Edward P. Cullen in 1998. As Vicar General he has overseen coordination of all administrative offices of the Diocese and assisted Bishop Cullen and Most Reverend John O. Barres in the governance of the Diocese. From 1998 to 2008 he was in residence at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena in Allentown.

Pope St. John Paul II named him a Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of Monsignor in 1999. Pope Benedict XVI named him a Prelate of Honor, the second highest rank of Monsignor in 2005.

While still serving as Vicar General he was pastor of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church, Hellertown from July 2008 until February 2010 when he resumed full time service as Vicar General and residence at St. Theresa’s.

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