Diocesan headquarters moving to new location
Our Lady of Lourdes School revamped to house offices
HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will move its headquarters from Hollidaysburg to the former Our Lady of Lourdes School in Altoona next week.
Tony DeGol, secretary for communications for the diocese, said the new location will be called the Mary Mother of the Church Pastoral Center. It is on West Chestnut Avenue behind the Our Lady of Lourdes church building.
The diocese sold its current four-building office complex at 927 S. Logan Blvd. in Hollidaysburg to Garvey Manor Nursing Home.
The Hollidaysburg campus has served as the diocese’s central offices since 1972.
Garvey Manor moved to its present location in 2003.
In July 2016, DeGol said the move was necessary as a cost-saving procedure. At that time, DeGol estimated the annual savings at $125,000. The diocese also sold the bishop’s residence in 2014.
Bishop Mark L. Bartchak said at that time that the money-saving measure was appropriate as the church dealt with civil cases surrounding past child abuse. Bartchak also said then that he doesn’t believe the diocese needs several buildings on 15 acres for its administration offices.
For the past several months, work has progressed to convert the former school into office space and to meet all code and zoning requirements.
Besides the Bishop’s office, the building will house most other diocesan ministries, including the Tribunal, the Office of Communications and the Education Office.
The Family Life Office, currently located in Lilly, also will move to the new pastoral center.
The new location will also house a television studio for production of the diocesan Proclaim! TV Ministry.
Beginning on June 17, all mail to the diocese should be sent to the new Altoona address: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, 2713 W. Chestnut Ave., Altoona, PA 16601-1720.
The main diocesan phone number will stay the same: 695-5579. All email addresses will be unchanged.
Diocesan offices affected by the move will be closed for at least the early part of next week, and phone and email communication will be interrupted.