Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., was among those in attendance Aug. 31 at a special Mass for the new bishop of Allentown, Pa.
Msgr. Alfred A. Schlert, 56, former administrator of the Diocese of Allentown, was ordained and installed as the diocese’s fifth bishop during a Mass at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M., Cap., was the principal ordaining bishop. Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, was also in attendance.
Bishop Schlert succeeded Bishop John O. Barres, who in December was named bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y. His appointment as bishop was announced in Washington June 27. A native of Easton, Pa., he had been a priest of the Diocese of Allentown since his ordination in 1987. He is the first priest ordained for the diocese to become bishop of the diocese.