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New bishop of Allentown Diocese visits Tremont church

TREMONT, Pa. - It was a packed house at Most Blessed Trinity Parish in Tremont, as parishioners gathered to welcome Rev. Alfred Schlert, Bishop of Allentown. 

The bishop has been making his way to various parishes in the diocese and has made bringing more millennials into the church a main focus. 

"Certainly millennials are capable of embracing the faith," Schlert said outside the church following mass.

For the bishop, he wants to make more opportunities for millennials to do so.

"Often times, they don't have the opportunities or they don't feel welcome or they don't feel the church has anything to offer them," he said.

Schlert believes that starts with creating a more welcoming environment. 

"Then we can expose them, in a positive way, to all that the church has to offer them for not only now but for the rest of their lives," he said.

The bishop also officially declared Rev. Jason F. Stokes the pastor of Most Blessed Trinity Parish. 

"The first year is always as an administrator to make sure that the skills are there and certainly Father Stokes has them above and beyond what is necessary to be a pastor," Schlert said.


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