Media Releases

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 […]

Media Releases, News & Views
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

Media Releases, News & Views
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

Media Releases, News & Views, Vocations
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.

Education, Media Releases, News & Views
December 21, 2016

Christmas Letter 2016

Christmas 2016 As I write this Christmas message it is the Feast of Saint Lucy, the young virgin and martyr of Sicily who gave her life for Christ in the early fourth century.  The name Lucy originates in the Latin word for “light” (lux, lucis) and how appropriate it is for the Church to celebrate […]

Bishop Gainer, Media Releases, News & Views, News\Events
September 30, 2016

Widowed Father of Five to Address Red Mass

What:              A special Mass where the guidance and blessing of the Holy Spirit is invoked upon the work of justice in society When:             Monday, October 3, 2016, 5:30 p.m. Where:            St. Patrick Cathedral, 212 State Street, Harrisburg, PA Who:               Many area lawyers, judges, lawmakers, and other public officials of all religious faiths gather together to ask […]

Media Releases, News & Views, News\Events
May 23, 2016

Retreat Day for Deaf Catholics

On Saturday, June 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fr. Shawn Carey will lead a retreat for Deaf Catholics at St. Joseph Church, Brindle Hall, 400 East Simpson Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. The retreat will be in American Sign Language with no voice interpretation.  Fr. Carey serves in the Archdiocese of Boston and is […]

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