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Permanent Diaconate

Permanent Diaconate

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak will ordain two men to the Sacred Order of Deacon during a Mass on Saturday, May 26 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona.

Christopher Conner (left), a member of Saint Bernard Parish in Hastings, is a Vice President/Small Business Portfolio Manager at First Commonwealth Bank.

He and his wife, Vickie, are the parents of four children: Josiah, Aubriannah (deceased), Lukas, and Avery.

Mr. Conner is a 1992 graduate of Cambria Heights High School. He attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Computers and Office Information Systems in 1994, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in 1997, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 2013.

He is a Lector, Commentator, and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at his parish. He also is a member of the parish Finance Council and a Confirmation Catechist.

John Roth (right) belongs to Most Holy Trinity Parish in Huntingdon where he is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Lector, Greeter, and Usher.

He is a physician in the Emergency Department at Tyrone Hospital and at the Broad Top Area Medical Center. He attended Greensburg Central Catholic High School, Grove City College, and Marshall University School of Medicine.

Roth and his wife, Lisa, have four children: Danielle, Jessica, John, and Samantha.

After they are ordained, Conner and Roth will join 37 other permanent deacons serving in various ministries throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.

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