Bishop Mark ordained two men -- Father Peter Crowe and Father Jonathan Dickson -- to the Diocesan Priesthood on May 27 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

(Photo left to right) Father Matthew Reese, Director of Vocations; Father Peter Crowe; Bishop Mark; and Father Jonathan Dickson

Click below to view a video of the entire Ordination Mass.
News and Information
Bishop's Appointments 
Bishop Mark has announced clergy appointments -- including two priests to Senior Priest Status and assignments for the two newly-ordained priests -- effective on June 28.  Please visit the DIOCESAN WEBSITE for the entire list of the Bishop's appointments.

Outdoor Masses
Outdoor Masses are once again being celebrated every Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Shrine in Loretto. All are invited.  Please bring your own lawn chair. If it rains, Mass will be celebrated inside the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel, next to the Shrine. Click below to view an interview with the Rector of the Basilica, Father John Byrnes.

Diocesan Happenings

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown sponsored its annual Recognition Dinner on May 31 at the Altoona Grand Hotel. Three individuals received the Monsignor William M. Griffin Humanitarian Award; six young people received the Matthew 25 Youth Humanitarian Award.

Bishop Mark offered remarks and greeted the awardees. “Our honored guests who have been recognized for their service have come to know what Pope Francis says that we need to make our faith more charitable by treating others as our own brothers and sisters,” said the Bishop.

Visit the DIOCESAN WEBSITE for the list of honorees. 

Bishop Mark presented the 2017 Prince Gallitzin Cross Award to eleven individuals who exhibit the "evangelizing spirit" of the Prince-Priest and Servant of God Demetrius Gallitzin during a dinner and awards ceremony on June 3 at the Calvin House in Duncansville.

The 2017 honorees are:
  • Edgar and Nancy Anna
  • Nathaniel Barbera
  • Rev. Clarence "Chuck" Bridges
  • Mary Jane Knisel
  • Peter and Denise Kreckel
  • Monica Ludwig
  • Carmela Magistro
  • Irene Matse
  • Donna Stoy
Thank you for reading this edition of E-vangelist. We offer congratulations and prayerful best wishes to all graduates, and we send best wishes to all for a blessed summer. 

Sincerely in Christ,

Tony DeGol 
Secretary for Communications
Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
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