This month, the Diocese of Allentown will launch a new How We Are Catholic video series showcasing people, places, history, work, and traditions that make up the Catholic family of faith in Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties.
The first episode, filmed both above and below ground in Carbon and Schuylkill counties, features Monsignor Thomas Orsulak who describes the deep faith and history that local Catholic communities share with Pennsylvania’s coal region both in the past and today.
“It is especially fitting that we share this first story, which is about faith and family and work in our coal mining communities, as part of the Year of Saint Joseph which calls us to give special thanks for workers in our lives,” said Bishop Alfred Schlert.
“There is a renewed need to appreciate the importance of dignified work, of which Saint Joseph is an exemplary patron,” Pope Francis writes in the proclamation announcing the worldwide Year of Saint Joseph. “Those who work,” the Pope explains, “are cooperating with God himself, and in some way become creators of the world around us.”
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In the photo above, Monsignor Thomas Orsulak, pastor, St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Reading.