Rev. Paul L. Rothermel, Pastor
As a result of the appointment of Bishop Alfred Schlert, Fr. Paul L. Rothermel has returned as Pastor of Most Blessed Catholic parish, after serving three years as Pastor at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic parish in Ashland, Gordon, and Girardville, Pennsylvania.
Like a few other priests in the Diocese of Allentown, Fr. Paul became a Catholic from a Protestant background. He was born on October 29, 1953, and grew up in a family of four on a farm between Pitman and Klingerstown, two small towns nestled in the rolling hills of eastern Pennsylvania. He experienced a pious Protestant upbringing among the “fancy folk” Pennsylvania Dutch, really German Americans who dress like almost everyone else. His parents served with distinction as active laypersons within a local United Church of Christ congregation. His only sibling recently retired from his full-time ministry within the Reformed tradition. During Fr. Paul’s high school years, he fell in love with the evangelical religion, and, after graduation, he attended the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago in order to learn more about the Bible. He graduated from Moody in 1974 with a diploma in Pastoral Training with a Greek Emphasis. Two years later he graduated “Summa Cum Laude” with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Elizabethtown College, a small Anabaptist school located in scenic Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. On campus he was known for his zeal as an evangelical Christian. In his senior undergraduate year, he served as the vice-president of the campus chapter of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. Soon afterwards he returned to the Chicago area in order to complete his preparations for Protestant ministry at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. While there, he joined with two other students in forming the short-lived “Catholic--Evangelical Fellowship,” a rather controversial organization on campus. Further aggravating the situation, he decided to write his Master’s Thesis on the Mary—Eve Parallel in the Fourth Gospel. Nevertheless, in 1982 he graduated from T.E.D.S. “Summa Cum Laude” with a Master of Arts degree in New Testament Studies. That same year, against the ardent desires and strong advice of his friends and relatives, he officially converted to the Catholic Faith, with much study and prayer. After taking some time to find his way within the unique world of the Roman Catholic Church, he set his focus on priesthood and went on to earn two more seminary degrees, a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Theology degree, both from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, in Philadelphia. Fr. Paul was ordained to the holy priesthood on June 4, 1994, by Bishop Thomas J. Welsh, second Bishop of Allentown, Pennsylvania. For almost twenty years, he helped to establish and guide an apologetics club (the Truth-In-Religion Group) within the Lehigh Valley, Reading, and Pottsville. He strives to nurture an ever greater commitment to Jesus Christ and His Church in himself and others.
Mrs. Michele Antalosky, Office Manager
Michele is a valued member of the Most Blessed Trinity Team performing numerous administrative tasks. Michele and her husband Dave are also parishioners of Most Blessed Trinity Parish