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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown serves Catholics in eight counties — Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clinton, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset. The Diocese is home to 87 parishes, which are served by Diocesan priests and priests from various religious communities, including the Third Order Regular Franciscans, the Conventual Franciscans, and the Order of Saint Benedict. The official Catholic population of the Diocese is 84,039.

News | Diocese Happenings

Vocation View

Vocations Director Father Matthew Reese discusses the question, "Why would anyone want to become a priest or a religious in this day and age?”
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Blue and White Mass

Bishop and faithful salute emergency responders at Blue and White Mass.
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ARISE Anticipation Builds

Parishes are eagerly preparing for ARISE Together in Christ.
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Wedding Anniversary Liturgies

Bishop Mark recognizes married couples marking milestone wedding anniversaries.
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Saint Benedict Parish Mission

Saint Benedict Parish in Carrolltown invites the faithful to its parish mission September 30-October 4.
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Adult Classes Enrich Faith

Diocese offers new semester of Adult Enrichment/Lay Ecclesial Ministry classes.
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New Seminarian

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown welcomes new seminarian Jacob Gindhart.
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Knights of Columbus Celebration

An annual gathering saluting the Knights of Columbus in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is planned for Sunday, October 7 at the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel in Loretto.
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New Deanery Model

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has announced a new deanery structure designed to better support the eight-county region.
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A Letter to the Faithful of Altoona-Johnstown

Bishop Mark addresses the impact of the most recent grand jury report and where we go from here.
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Bishop Responds to Reference in Erie Report

Bishop Mark responded to the Grand Jury Report and the reference to his role in a case in the Diocese of Erie.
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Diocese Renews Commitment to Youth Protection

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak is deeply saddened by the grand jury report released on August 14 regarding the dioceses of Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Scranton.
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Safe Environment Training

The Office of Children and Youth Protection is sponsoring a series of upcoming training sessions.
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Student Scholarships

State program supports need-based scholarships to our Catholic Schools.
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Outdoor Mass for Married Couples

Hundreds attended the annual Liturgy celebrating marriage.
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Wedding Anniversary Liturgies

An invitation to married couples marking milestone anniversaries.
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Prince Gallitzin Cross Award

Bishop Mark honored ten individuals with the 2018 Prince Gallitzin Cross.
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Catholic Ministries Drive

The 2018 Catholic Ministries Drive supports ministries focused on Caring for the Poor, Nurturing Youth, and Forming Clergy and Laity.
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Catholic Scouting

Plans are underway for the 2018 Catholic Scout Retreat.
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Sunday Mass

Watch the most recent Sunday Mass broadcast.
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Independent Oversight Board

Bishop Mark Bartchak and Acting United States Attorney Soo Song have announced the names of the individuals appointed to the Independent Oversight Board for Youth Protection for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.
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Review Board

Bishop Bartchak has announced the appointment of new members to the Diocesan Review Board.
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Reforms to Protect Children

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and the U.S. Attorney's Office announce reforms to protect children.
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Support for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is partnering with state and local agencies to offer support to survivors of sexual abuse.
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