We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

As we prepare to observe the most solemn week on the Church calendar, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown invites you to participate in the sacred Liturgical celebrations of Palm Sunday, Triduum, and Easter. May our commemoration of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ renew us spiritually and lead us to a season of Easter joy. Please visit the DIOCESAN WEBSITE for Bishop Mark's Holy Week schedule and Triduum resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
News and Information
Prince Gallitzin Cross Award
The Diocese is accepting nominations for the 2017 Prince Gallitzin Cross Award. Every year, Bishop Mark honors individuals who exhibit the "evangelizing spirit" of the Prince-Priest and Servant of God Demetrius Gallitzin. Please visit the DIOCESAN WEBSITE for more information, award criteria, and a nomination form. The deadline is April 14.  
Bishop's Night for Vocations
The Bishop's Night for Vocations will be held on April 21. Father Stephen DeLacy, Vocations Director in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will be the guest speaker. Bishop Mark will recognize the student winners of the poster, poetry, and essay contests. The reservation deadline is April 7. Please visit the DIOCESAN WEBSITE  for more information.

Diocesan Happenings
It is time to register for our Diocesan summer camps -- Camp Zacchaeus and Camp Timothy. Contact Youth Ministry coordinator Francine Swope at (814) 695-5579 or fswope@dioceseaj.org. Click below to watch a video discussing the value of our camps.
Considering a vocation to the Priesthood? Contact Vocations Director Father Matthew Reese (right) at (814) 695-5579 or vocations@dioceseaj.org. Click below to watch a video discussing the status of priestly vocations in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.
Thank you for reading this edition of E-vangelist. May God bless you on your journey through Holy Week, and may the glory of Easter be with you always.

Sincerely in Christ,

Tony DeGol 
Secretary for Communications
Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
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