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Pope Francis appoints new bishop for the Diocese of Allentown

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop for the Diocese of Allentown.

Reverend Monsignor Alfred A. Schlert has been appointed the Fifth Bishop of Allentown.

Bishop-elect Schlert has been serving as the Diocesan Administrator since February, after Bishop John Barres was transferred to New York.

He's the first priest of the Diocese to be appointed to serve as bishop.

He was born in Easton and was ordained a priest in Allentown in September of 1987.

His ordination and installation is set for Thursday, August 31 at the Cathedral of Saint Cathearine of Siena in Allentown.

Bishop John Barres released a statement that reads in part, "Bishop-elect Schlert has a blend of holiness, intelligence and pastoral experience that will serve the mission of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Allentown in an extraordinary way.  His seminary education in Rome gave him a global perspective on the Church to this beloved son of the Lehigh Valley."

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