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Support Expansion of EITC Program To Benefit Catholic Schools

Pennsylvania Catholic Conference ACTION ALERT Pennsylvania lawmakers have returned to Harrisburg to continue debating the 2017-18 state budget. While this remains an uncertain time, it is also an important time to show support for an expansion of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which provides tuition assistance to many students in Diocesan Catholic Schools. It has been acclaimed ...

Convocation on Nonviolence this Saturday

With violence continuing to spiral out of control in our country and our world, isn’t it time to take seriously Jesus’ call to a nonviolent lifestyle, as well as Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace message: “Nonviolence: a style of politics for peace”? Discernment of this topic will be the focus of the Diocese of Scranton’s ...

STATEMENT REGARDING INQUIRY INTO THE ACTIONS OF FATHER JOHN CHMIL

In late May, 2017, a review of charitable expenditures at Saint Ignatius of Loyola Parish, Kingston, and concurrent statements made by Father John Chmil, the parish’s pastor at that time, led to the discovery of a misuse of approximately $130,000.00 in parish funds by Father Chmil.  As a result of this serious breach of trust, ...

Pennsylvania Catholic Conference ACTION ALERT: Support Expansion of Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program

Pennsylvania lawmakers have returned to Harrisburg to continue debating the 2017-18 state budget. While this remains an uncertain time, it is also an important time to show support for an expansion of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which provides tuition assistance to many students in Diocesan Catholic Schools. It has been acclaimed as one ...

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Diocesan Annual Appeal Begins This Weekend

National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities on September 9 – Bishop Bambera encourages all faithful to participate

Bishop George V. Murry, SJ, of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, called on Catholics and all people of faith to observe an annual Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities on September 9, the Feast of St. Peter Claver, a Spanish-born Jesuit priest who ...

Bishop Bambera’s Schedule

September 7-10 – USCCB National Advisory Council Meeting, Baltimore September 12 – Mass of the Holy Spirit for Chancery Staff, Saint Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton, 12:10 p.m. September 12 – Musicians’ Mass, Saint Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton, 7:00 p.m. September 14 – Imposition of the Pallium, Cardinal Joseph William Tobin, Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, N.J. September 16 – ...

STATEMENT OF BISHOP JOSEPH C. BAMBERA REGARDING THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)

The Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would leave some 800,000 youth in peril of deportation and of losing permits that allow them to work and receive an education here. These youth entered the U.S. as minors and often know America as their only home. They simply accompanied ...

Diocese Taking Collection to Aid Storm Victims

Hurricane Harvey is a catastrophic weather event that has caused enormous damage in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. Twelve million people thus far have been affected. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has requested that each diocese participate in an emergency collection to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey. This collection will occur in the Diocese of Scranton during ...