Catholic Life and Evangelization

Created in the image of God, every person deserves the opportunity to hear and live the Good News of Jesus Christ, to enter into a relationship with God that frees them from sin and death, to live the abundant life of faith as a member of His Church, and to experience the rewards of eternal life. The Secretariat of Catholic Life & Evangelization (CLEV) exists, therefore, to extend this opportunity in varied and specific ways throughout the Diocese of Harrisburg, by providing support to parishes and ministries, hosting events, and developing personnel and programs.

Culture, Identity & Outreach

Remaining true to Catholic teaching, this office works to spotlight and minister to the mosaic of peoples and cultures that exist in our diocesan family, to cultivate the universality of the Church through the participation of all believers, and to encourage and develop a mindset of hospitality and outreach in all our churches. Some of the ministries this office focuses on include our many apostolates, continuation of the Synod on Synodality, Catholicity, and (En)Courage Ministry.


Laity & Family

This office, working with our parishes, focuses on ministries to the laity and our families, in partnership with our parishes. Some of the programs include marriage preparation and enrichment, support for those who are divorced or separated, and support for many lay apostolates.


Life & Dignity

Life is a precious gift from God, one that is to be protected and respected at all stages and all ages of life. This office, working with our parishes, focuses on programs that teach the importance of life for the unborn, support for those needing health and pastoral care, ministry to those in prison, and events and programs to persons with disabilities.


Youth & Young Adult

The Diocese has a high focus on ministry to our young people. Under this office, we focus on ministry for our youth, young adults, and providing Catholic ministry to the colleges in our Diocese.



Deacon Armando Torres

Director for Culture & Outreach

Phone: 717-657-4804 x221

Deacon Gregory Amarante

Secretary for the Secretariat of Catholic Life & Evangelization

Phone: 717-657-4804 x777

Kate Neri

Marriage & Family Ministries Administrative Assistant

Marianne Weltmer

Director for Life and Dignity

Phone: 717-657-4804 x322

Melissa Maleski

Director of Laity and Family

Phone: 717-657-4804 x331

Shannon Gump

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 717-657-4804 x303

Zachary Haney

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Phone: 717-657-4804 x307