Media Releases

February 13, 2018

Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day

February 5, 2018 Bishop Ronald W. Gainer has released the following message regarding the Ash Wednesday obligations of fast and abstinence and its coincidence with Valentine’s Day this year. This year Ash Wednesday coincides with Valentine’s Day (February 14), a largely secular celebration, particularly in the United States. There have been inquiries if a dispensation […]

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December 20, 2017

Christmas Letter 2017

Christmas 2017   Dear Friends in Christ,   As we quiet the hymns of the Advent Season for another year and begin the Carols of Christmas, there is a thought from one of the most common Advent hymns that keeps coming to my mind.  In “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” we sing: “O come, desire […]

Bishop Gainer, Media Releases, News & Views, News\Events
December 5, 2017

2017 Christmas Card Contest Winners Announced

The Diocese of Harrisburg is happy to announce the winners of our 2017 Christmas Card contest along with the winning artwork. The contest was open to students in the 39 Catholic Schools in the Diocese representing over 11,000 students. The winning artwork, which was selected from 57 submissions, will be used to illustrate the Christmas […]

Bishop Gainer, Media Releases, News & Views
November 8, 2017

Over $1.1 Million Donated to Hurricane Emergency Collections

The Diocese of Harrisburg extends its gratitude for the generous donations that the people of Central Pennsylvania and area the parishes donated to the special Collections for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma Relief that were taken up in recent weeks. The total amount collected for both was $1,109,062.30.  The total for Hurricane Harvey Relief was […]

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July 21, 2017

Vatican, Diocese Survey Young People About the Church

The Catholic Church wants to hear candidly from youth and young adults on the topic of their faith.  To do so the Diocese of Harrisburg and the Vatican have both released surveys. The responses will be incorporated into a working document for bishops when they gather next year at the Vatican.  Links to the surveys are online at

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May 31, 2017

Three to be Ordained to Priesthood

On Saturday, June 3, Bishop Ronald W. Gainer will ordain Joshua Cavender, Kevin Coyle and Michael Metzgar to the Priesthood. The service will begin at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick Cathedral, 212 State Street, Harrisburg, PA. Bishop Gainer will be the principal celebrant and perform the Rite of Ordination during the Mass. The Ordination Mass will be streamed live on the Diocesan website at

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May 10, 2017

Fatima at 100 Celebrated Locally

May 13 marks the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s first of several appearances of three children in Fatima, Portugal. The message from Fatima is to pray the Rosary in order to obtain peace for the world, the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Several diocesan parishes will host events celebrating the anniversary of the first apparition.

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