Parish Life

The Office of Parish Life is devoted to the needs of our faithful and the parishes that serve them. Parish Life provides guidance, training and support to parishes to enhance religious education and keep parishioners better connected to their faith.


Diaconate Training

The Office of Parish Life assists the Vocations Office in providing some of the training sessions for the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program.

Candidate Steven Miller, a third year Diaconate candidate from Our Lady of Victory Parish in Tannersville related, “God called me to take the path to become a Deacon. He has given me so much in my life, I wanted to give back to the church.”


Virtual Catechist Camp

Karen Balestino, Director of Religious Education at St. Boniface and St. Lawrence, Williamsport parishes, participated in virtual Catechist Camp this summer connecting the faithful throughout the Diocese for a two-day online retreat.

Her parish responsibilities caused her to proudly say, “We bring Jesus to our students and their parents in the sacramental program for reconciliation and First Holy Communion. We creatively help students understand that Jesus is someone that they can relate to and who loves them.”


The Together Project

Shannon Kowalski, Director for Service and Mission, facilitated a small-group virtual discussion and conversation among young parishioners throughout the Diocese about their connection to the Catholic faith, and how they can build on it. Bishop Bambera joined their first virtual meeting and encouraged attendees to live their faith proudly.