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“Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness.” ~ Matthew 9:35

Faith Away From Home

Starting college, far from home, can be very difficult. You begin to feel homesick from missing your family. The only thing that makes you feel better is connecting with your faith because it makes you feel at home. Currently, there are five non-Catholic colleges and two Catholic colleges in the diocese that provide students with opportunities to celebrate mass and strengthen their faith while at school.

In 2017-2018, $567,711 was disbursed to Campus Ministry from dollars raised through the Catholic Ministries Drive. Students attending Penn State Altoona & University Park, Juniata College, Lock Haven University, and Pitt at Johnstown, benefited from music ministry, worship & volunteer service groups, special mission projects, and the RCIA program.

College is stressful, and it is easy to lose hope in the process of it all. Students being able to go to church, grow their faith, and help others will rebuild that hope and bring them comfort during hard times.

205 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center -Eisenhower Chapel
University Park (16802)
Phone: (814) 865-4281
Fax: (814) 865-2972

Web Site:

Rev. Matthew Laffey, O.S.B. email:
Director, Penn State Catholic Campus Ministry
205B Pasquerilla Spiritual Center–Eisenhower Chapel (16802)
Rev. David Griffin, OSB email:
205A Pasquerilla Spiritual Center–Eisenhower Chapel (16802)
Deacon Laszlo Ivanits email:
1675 Summit Hill Road
Howard, PA 16841


Summer Mass Schedule:
Saturday – 4:00 PM Worship Hall (Pasquerilla Center)
Sunday – 10:30 AM Worship Hall (Pasquerilla Center)

Fall/Spring Semesters Mass Schedule:
All Weekend Masses are in the Worship Hall in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
Saturday – 4:00 PM
Sunday – 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 9:00 PM

Newman Web Address:

Penn State, Altoona
Campus Minister: Mr. Andre McCarville
Sacramental Minister: Very Rev. Alan E. Thomas, VG

Web Site:
Phone: (814) 949-5137
Fax: (814) 942-1873
Address: 3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601

Juniata College
Campus Minister: Ms. Lisa Baer
Sacramental Minister: Rev. Mark R. Reid

Web Site:
Phone: (814) 641-3362
Fax: (814) 641-3317
Address: 1905 More Street
Huntington, PA 16652

Lock Haven University
Campus Minister: Mr. Christopher Klopp
Sacramental Minister: Rev. Joseph Orr
Web Site:
Phone: (570) 748-8592
Fax: (570) 748-8592
Address: 445 West Main Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745

University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown
Campus Minister: Mrs. LaDonna McCrary
Sacramental Minister: Rev. George Gulash
Web Site:
Phone: (814) 269-2007
Fax: (814) 269-7128
Address: 450 Schoolhouse Road
Johnstown, PA 15904

Rev. Christopher Dobson, T.O.R.
Director of Campus Ministry
Phone: (814) 472-2750

Mr. Paul Girardi
Associate Campus Minister
Phone: (814) 472-3328

Campus Ministry Website: Ministry.htm

Denise Farabaugh, Secretary
P.O. Box 600
Loretto, PA 15940
Phone: (814) 472-3172

Mount Aloysius College
Director: Amy Kanich
Sacramental Minister: Monsignor Michael Becker

Web Site:
Phone: (814) 886-6476
Address: 7373 Admiral Peary Highway
Cresson, PA 16630

Useful Links

Catholic Campus Ministry Association
The CCMA promotes the mission of the Church in Higher Education and fosters the professional development of campus ministers.
Web Site:

Office of Campus Ministry
Monsignor Michael Becker, Coordinator
Saint John the Evangelist Parish
309 Lotz Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602
Phone: (814) 942-5503
Fax: (814) 943-8832

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