Here in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, we are proud of our vibrant Diaconate program. Our permanent deacons are active in a variety of ministries including parishes, hospitals, and prisons.

The prospective candidate must be at least 35 years of age at the time of his ordination and no older than 59 years of age at the time of application. The formation process typically lasts five years and involves a series of academic courses and parish service. If a candidate is married, his wife is also required to be part of the formation process.

To learn more about the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, please contact:

Deacon Michael Russo
Director of the Permanent Diaconate
925 South Logan Boulevard Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
(814) 241-0576 (cell)
(814) 693-9870 (office)
michael.russo@atlanticbb.net