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.
The Call to 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.
Office of the Permanent Diaconate
625 Park Avenue
Johnstown, PA 15902
Deacon Michael L. Russo
Director of the Permanent Diaconate
Hollidaysburg Office Phone: (814) 693-9870 — Ext. 2669
Johnstown Office Phone: (814) 288-3036
Cell Phone for Deacon Michael: (814) 241-0576
Mrs. Marybeth Heinze
Office Phone: (814) 361-2000
Canidates Jerry Nevling and Allan Duman received the Ministry of Acolyte at a Mass celebrated October 13, 2018 at St. Mary, Hollidaysburg. Jerry and his wife Lori are members of SS. Peter and Paul, Philipsburg. Allan and his wife Joanna are members of St. Mary, Hollidaysburg. Continued blessings to the candidates, their wives, and their families.
[Pictured (Left to right): Lori and Jerry Nevling, Bishop Mark, Allan and Joanna Duman and Deacon Michael Russo, Director]
The Diaconate community of Altoona-Johnstown is welcoming a new candidate. Bishop Mark formally accepted Mark Komula as a candidate for the Permanent Diaconate during a Mass on September 29 at Saint Peter Parish in Somerset – Komula’s parish. Mark and his wife, Janis, are the parents of two adult children. Komula is in case management with the Bedford-Somerset Developmental and Behavioral Health Services.
Our prayerful best wishes to him on his formation journey.
[Photo: Bishop Mark with Komula and his wife, Janis, and Deacon Michael Russo, Director of the Permanent Diaconate.]
[Photo (left to right): Father Mark Reid, Administrator of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Huntingdon; Deacon Roth; Bishop Mark; Deacon Conner;
Father Thaddeus Rettger, OSB, Pastor of Saint Bernard Parish in Hastings; and Deacon Michael Russo, Director of the Permanent Diaconate.]
Deacon Chris and Deacon John: Congratulations on your ordination. We pray that God will bless you as you begin your ministry as a deacon.
May the Holy Spirit shine on you as you serve the community of God’s people.
CONTINUING EDUCATION AND ONGOING FORMATION CLASSES
For a complete list of classes offered, class information and registration forms visit:
These courses offer an excellent opportunity for ongoing formation and all costs are covered by the Diaconate.
Please note that a registration form still needs to be filled out and submitted to The Office of Lay Ecclesial Ministry prior to the start of the class.