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In looking to ensure the continuing success of our schools, the diocese – in collaboration with the Office of Education – is initiating “To PROCLAIM and TEACH,” a strategic growth planning process that will focus on Catholic school vitality and sustainability.

This initiative originated with the Independent Catholic Foundation and its concern for the fiscal viability and long-term sustainability of Catholic education in the diocese.

Foundation leaders approached Bishop Bartchak with the idea of taking a broader and proactive approach by conducting a planning process that engages all schools with a comprehensive look involving Catholic education from kindergarten through college (K-16).

To learn more, read here.

Prayer for Catholic Schools


Lord Jesus, you came into the world to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of Heaven and you call us to share that mission. Through our Catholic schools, help us to teach children and young people to know you, love you, follow you, and find their ultimate happiness in you. Increase our zeal for ensuring that our Catholic schools are places where students come to know the truth, the joy, and the dignity of being made in the image and likeness of God.

Bless the parents and families of our students. Bless the pastors, teachers, administrators, and staff; bless the committees and boards; bless the alumni, benefactors, and countless volunteers who support the mission of our Catholic schools.

Lord Jesus, we ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church,
who is the patron saint of our Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Amen.

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