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The Office of the Permanent Diaconate prepares the candidate during his process toward ordination and helps coordinate ongoing formation and assignments after ordination.

The ordained deacon is essential to the liturgical and social life of the Diocesan Church.

Office of the Permanent Diaconate

Deacon Michael Russo

Director of the Permanent Diaconate
(814) 288-3036
(814) 241-0576 (Cell)

Marybeth Heinze

Administrative Assistant
(814) 361-2000

The Call to the Diaconate

Who do you know who is hearing the call to serve the Lord in the Church as a Permanent Deacon? Maybe you?

God continues to call men between the ages of 32 and 59 to participate in service ministry to God’s people in the Diaconate.

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Ordination of Dan Heiser and Brian Yurky to the Permanent Diaconate

June 4 @ 10:00 am


June 4
10:00 am
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Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
One Cathedral Square
Altoona, PA 16601 United States
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