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New Deanery Model

New Deanery Model

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has announced a new deanery structure designed to better support the eight-county region. The diocese will now be configured into five deaneries instead of the eight deaneries that had existed in Altoona-Johnstown for many years.

The Altoona Deanery now includes the 11 Altoona parishes and all other parishes in Blair County. The Very Reverend Lubomir Strecok, VF, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Altoona and administrator of Saint Mary (Immaculate Conception) Parish in Altoona has assumed the role of Dean.

The 14 Johnstown parishes and various parishes near the city now make up the Johnstown Deanery. The Dean is the Very Reverend Mark Begly, VF, pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish in Johnstown and Saint Michael Parish in Johnstown.  

The new Prince Gallitzin Deanery includes close to two dozen parishes located throughout the central and northern parts of Cambria County. The Very Reverend Leonard Voytek, VF, pastor of Saint Mary Parish in Nanty Glo, is Dean.

All parishes in Centre and Clinton Counties and most of Huntingdon County now make up the Northern Deanery with the Very Reverend Joseph Fleming, VF, pastor of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Mount Union and Saint Mary Parish in Shade Gap, taking on the role of Dean.

The Very Reverend Daniel O’Neill, VF, is Dean of the Southern Deanery, which includes all parishes in Somerset, Bedford, and Fulton Counties, and one Huntingdon County Parish.

Besides parishes, each deanery also includes entities such as regional Catholic elementary/middle schools, independent Catholic high schools, Catholic colleges/Catholic campus ministry programs, hospitals, nursing homes, and state and federal correctional institutions.

Each dean receives the title “Very Reverend” and has the initials VF after his name, which stand for Vicar Forane – another name for Dean.

A dean provides liturgical, social, and administrative leadership and links the faith communities of his deanery with the larger Church of Altoona-Johnstown.

Very Rev. Lubomir J. Strecok, VF, Dean


* Altoona, Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
* Altoona, Holy Rosary
* Altoona, Saint John the Evangelist (Lakemont)
* Altoona, Saint Mark
* Altoona, Saint Mary (Immaculate Conception)
*Altoona, Our Lady of Fatima
* Altoona, Our Lady of Lourdes
* Altoona, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
* Altoona, Saint Rose of Lima
* Altoona, Sacred Heart
* Altoona, Saint Therese of the Child Jesus
* Bellwood, Saint Joseph
* Duncansville, Saint Catherine of Siena
* Hollidaysburg, Saint Mary
* Hollidaysburg, Saint Michael
* Newry, Saint Patrick
* Roaring Spring, Saint Thomas More
* Tyrone, Saint Matthew
* Williamsburg, Saint Joseph

Other Entities

Campus Ministry, Penn State Altoona, UPMC Altoona, Pennsylvania Veterans Home, Hollidaysburg, Garvey Manor, Hollidaysburg, Bishop Guilfoyle High School, Altoona, Holy Trinity Catholic School, James Van Zandt Veteran’s Medical Center, Altoona, Dmitri Manor, Hollidaysburg


Very Rev. Mark S. Begly, VF, Dean


* Johnstown, Saint John Gualbert Cathedral
* Johnstown, Saint Andrew
* Johnstown, Saint Anne
* Johnstown, Saint Benedict
* Johnstown, Saint Clare of Assisi
* Johnstown, Saint Clement
* Johnstown, Saint Francis of Assisi
* Johnstown, Saints Gregory and Barnabas
* Johnstown, Saint Michael (Brownstown)
* Johnstown, Our Mother of Sorrows
* Johnstown, Saint Patrick
* Johnstown, Saint Therese
* Johnstown, Resurrection
* Johnstown, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
* Conemaugh, Transfiguration
* St. Michael, Saint Michael
* Windber, Saint Anthony of Padua
* Windber, Saints Cyril and Methodius
* Windber, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Other Entities

Campus Ministry, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, DLP – Conemaugh, Johnstown, Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, Johnstown, Bishop McCort High School, Johnstown


Very Rev. Leonard E. Voytek, VF, Dean


* Ashville, Saint Thomas Aquinas
*Carrolltown, Saint Benedict
* Chest Springs, Saint Monica
* Colver, Holy Family
* Cresson, Saint Aloysius
* Cresson, Saint Francis Xavier
* Ebensburg, Holy Name
* Frugality, Saint Joan of Arc
* Gallitzin, Saint Demetrius
* Hastings, Saint Bernard
* Lilly, Our Lady of the Alleghenies
* Loretto, Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel
* Mundy’s Corner, Saint John Vianney
* Nanty Glo, Saint Mary
* New Germany, Immaculate Conception
* Nicktown, Saint Nicholas
* Northern Cambria, Prince of Peace
* Patton, Queen of Peace
* Portage, Holy Family
* St. Augustine, Saint Augustine
* South Fork, Most Holy Trinity
* Summerhill, St. John
* Wilmore, Saint Bartholomew   

Other Entities

Bishop Carroll High School, Ebensburg, Mt. Aloysius College, Cresson, Saint Francis University, Loretto, John Paul II Manor, Cresson, Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto, Ebensburg Center, Ebensburg


Very Rev. Joseph W. Fleming, VF, Dean


* Bellefonte, Saint John the Evangelist
* Clarence/Snow Shoe, Queen of Archangels
* Lock Haven, Holy Spirit
* Huntingdon, Most Holy Trinity
* Mt. Union, Saint Catherine of Siena
* Penns Valley, St. Kateri Tekakwitha
* Phillipsburg, Saints Peter and Paul
* Renovo, Saint Joseph
* Shade Gap, Saint Mary
* State College, Good Shepherd
* State College, Our Lady of Victory

Other Entities

Penn State Catholic Community, Campus Ministry, Lock Haven University, Campus Ministry, Juniata College, Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy, State Correctional Institution, Rockview, State Correctional Institution, Benner, State Correctional Institution, Huntingdon, State Correctional Institution, Smithfield


Very Rev. Daniel J. O’Neill, VF, Dean


* Beans Cove, Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary
* Bedford, Saint Thomas the Apostle
* Boswell, All Saints
* Central City, Our Lady Queen of Angels
* Davidsville, Saint Anne
* Dudley, Immaculate Conception
* Everett, Saint John the Evangelist
* Hooversville, Holy Family
* MacDonaldton, Saint Gregory
* McConnellsburg, Saint Stephen
* Meyersdale, Saints Phillip and James
* New Baltimore, Saint John the Baptist
* Pocahontas, Saint Mary
* Somerset, Saint Peter
* West Salisbury, Saint Michael

Other Entities

State Correctional Institution, Somerset, State Correctional Institution, Laurel Highlands



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