Bishop's Day for Vocations was held on May 3 in Loretto. Bishop Mark honored the student winners of the poster, poetry, and essay contests. Father Sean Sheridan, TOR, president of Franciscan University, was the guest speaker.

Congratulations, graduates! Bishop Mark and his staff send prayerful best wishes to the Class of 2015. (Photo: Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy seniors celebrate after their May 23 commencement.)

Bishop Mark ordained Kevin Nester to the Premanent Diaconate on May 16. He's pictured here with the Bishop; Deacon Michael Russo (left), Director of the Permanent Diaconate; and his wife, Penny. Bishop Mark appointed Deacon Nester to service at Most Holy Trinity Parish in Huntingdon.

Outdoor Masses will be celebrated every Sunday at 7:00 p.m. at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Shrine in Loretto beginning on May 24. Bring your own lawn chair. In case of rain, Mass will be celebrated inside the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel.

Bishop Mark presented the 2015 Prince Gallitzin Cross to ten individuals during a banquet on May 16. More.

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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A Fortnight or Freedom will be observed June 21-July 4.

The Diocese will sponsor Faith Day on June 28.

Catholic Charities will honor seven individuals.

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