Diocese of Harrisburg Reorganization Information


A Letter from Bishop Gainer

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Along with the other bishops of Pennsylvania, I give thanks to Almighty God for the progress our country has made in curbing the coronavirus pandemic. Each of us has felt the impact of COVID-19 in many ways as individuals and families, among friends and at work. This has been a time of hardship and struggle, of separation and isolation that has impacted our lives of faith as well. Our Lord Jesus has been near to us throughout this difficult period, especially when we encounter Him in the Holy Eucharist.

Synod 2021-2023

The entire Catholic Church is called to participate in “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.”

The Synod opened in Rome on October 9, followed by the opening in each diocese on October 17. This process is calling together all the people of God – clergy, religious and laity – to listen, dialogue, discern and pray. The goal of the Synod is not to create a new pastoral plan, but rather to be present with each other, learn from each other, and grow closer to the Lord and His Church.

Featured Programs

COVID Guidelines

As Covid-19 restrictions continue to be lifted, the Diocese of Harrisburg has produced guidelines to help our parishioners and parishes return to active, in person faith lives.


Year of Saint Joseph

On December 8, 2020, Pope Francis declared a Year of St. Joseph to run through December 8, 2021. This special year marks the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX.


Diocesan Annual Campaign

The theme for the 2021 Diocesan Annual Campaign, Faith Alive, encourages us to demonstrate our love of God when we reach out in love and mercy to those in need.



The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas.


Fishers of Men

The crucial work of raising up young men willing to discern a priestly vocation and the formation of our seminarians is a responsibility entrusted to the entire People of God – the Church. By your generous financial support of the 2021 Fishers of Men event the seminary education and the formation of the future priests of the Diocese of Harrisburg will continue.


Parish Christmas Bazaars

Shop homemade crafts and vendors for seasonal decorations and holiday gifts at parish bazaars.


Cemetery Wreath Program

To honor and remember those who have entered into the blessedness of heaven, the Diocesan Office of Catholic Cemeteries is hosting a memorial program that will place a wreath or flowers at your loved one’s final resting place.


Upcoming Events

The Diocese has a number of great events, activities and programs planned in the coming months. Check out all our upcoming events and make your plans to join us.


Media Releases

Online Resources