Bishop Mark celebrated the annual Blue and White Mass on September 13 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. The Mass honors emergency response workers such as police officers, firefighters, and medical personnel.

Bishop Mark commissioned Catholic campus ministers during a Mass on September 10 at Saint Francis University. Besides Saint Francis and Mount Aloysius College, the Diocese sponsors campus ministry at Penn State, PSU Altoona, UPJ, Juniata College, and Lock Haven University.

Two candidates for the Permanent Diaconate took another step in their formation.  More.

Senior High Youth Conference -- or SHYCON -- was held on October 26. About 1,100 high school students from around the Diocese participated.

An hour of prayers for vocations is held every Thursday evening at the Prince Gallitzin Chapel House in Loretto.  More.

Bishop Mark celebrated the two Wedding Anniversary Liturgies.  More.

The World Meeting of Families will be held in Philadelphia September 22-27, 2015.  More.

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Election Day is November 4.

The Diocese will sponsor Partners in Faith Formation of Children with ASD, IDD, and other disabilities.

A Theology on Tap series will be held in Altoona in November.

Vocations Director Father Matthew Reese delivers homilies at parishes throughout the Diocese.