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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

World Mission Sunday

The Catholic Church will observe World Mission Sunday 2018 on October 21.
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ARISE Prison Ministry

Spiritual renewal comes to prisons in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.
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Saint Michael Celebration

The Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel Parish and Saint Michael School in Loretto celebrated the feast of their patron.
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Marian Celebration

Hundreds attended an annual celebration of the Blessed Mother in Johnstown.
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Patriotic Rosary

The annual Patriotic Rosary will be prayed at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
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Rite of Candidacy

The Diaconate community is welcoming a new candidate.
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Vocation View

In his October 15 column, Vocations Director Father Matthew Reese looks at the importance of mentors in the early stages of discernment.
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ARISE Leaders Commissioned

ARISE participants share expectations for the pastoral and spiritual renewal effort.
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RICH Kickoff

Catholic elementary schools in the Prince Gallitzin quadrant receive powerful message about Respect, Integrity, Courage, and Humility.
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SHYCON 2018 – Register Today!

Internationally-recognized speaker Paul J. Kim will headline the annual Senior High Youth Conference.
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Deacons Celebrate

Bishop Mark celebrated a Mass marking the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the Permanent Diaconate in America.
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Campus Ministers Commissioned

Campus Ministry keeps college students engaged in their faith.
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PA Bishops’ Statement

Pennsylvania's Bishops: We pledge our support for Independent Sex Abuse Survivors' Compensation Program.
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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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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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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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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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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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