Diocese Looks Forward to Pastoral and Spiritual Renewal
Beginning this fall, parishioners throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will begin participating in
ARISE Together in Christ
, a process of pastoral and spiritual renewal. Carried out over five seasons, the benefits of this experience include a deeper faith life and a closer relationship with Christ. "
In my time as Bishop, I have seen discouragement and I have seen numerous people become fully human because of a renewed encounter with God’s love," said Bishop Mark. "That encounter did not occur through an apparition or mystical experience. It occurred most often when their eyes were open to see the face of God in someone who reached out to them with compassion; who listened to them and invited them to walk together on the road where Christ can be found."