Bishop Mark celebrated the annual outdoor Mass for students entering or returning to college on August 9 at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Shrine in Loretto. The Bishop offered a special blessing to the students and presented them with Rosaries.

Camp Zacchaeus 2015 was held July 19-24 and July 26-31. About 230 students in grades 4-9 participated. Bishop Mark visited both sessions and celebrated Mass, ate lunch with the campers, and fielded their questions.

Bishop Mark celebrated an outdoor Mass for vocations on July 19 in Loretto. Three of our four Diocesan seminarians attended. (Left to right): Seminarians Michael Pleva and Peter Crowe; Vocations Director Father Matthew Reese; and Seminarian Austin Keith. Seminarian Jonathan Dickson was on retreat.

Seminarian Jonathan Dickson was admitted to Candidacy for Ordination to the Priesthood during a Mass on August 2 at Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Parish in Altoona. Pictured: Father D. Timothy Grimme, Pastor of Saint Therese; Jonathan Dickson; Bishop Mark; and Father Matthew Reese, Diocesan Director of Vocations.

Seminarian Peter Crowe was admitted to Candidacy for Ordination to the Priesthood during a Mass at Our Lady of Victory on July 25. (Left to right) Very Rev. Neil Dadey, Pastor, OLV; Bishop Mark; Peter Crowe; Father Ed Mazich, Saint Vincent Seminary; Father Matthew Reese, Vocations Director.

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

The World Meeting of Families will be held in Philadelphia September 22-27, 2015.  More.  Statement by Bishop Mark Bartchak.

The Catholic Church will celebrate a Year of Consecrated Life beginning November 30, 2014, and continuing through February 2, 2016.  More.

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Bishop Mark has announced several clergy appointments.

Reservations are being accepted for an upcoming retreat opportunity.

Young Adults are invited to the Spirit and Truth ministry.

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