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Diocese to celebrate Bartchak’s 10th year

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak’s episcopal ordination on Monday, April 19. He was ordained a Bishop and installed as the eighth Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown on April 19, 2011, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona.

Among the highlights of Bartchak’s episcopacy are his dedication to nurturing the youth of the diocese, his commitment to Catholic education, and his efforts to promote vocations to the priesthood, religious life and the permanent diaconate, stated Tony DeGol, the bishop’s secretary for communications.

“As we celebrate the past decade of Bishop Bartchak’s leadership and service, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown also looks forward to the next decade,” DeGol said. “As we emerge from the pandemic, the Bishop wants to seize the opportunity to reach out to those who are lost and hurting and invite them to encounter the Lord. He is calling on everyone — clergy, religious, and laity — to find new ways to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and truly accompany local Catholics on their faith journey.”

Bartchak was born on Jan. 1, 1955, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Erie on May 15, 1981, and he will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of his priestly ordination this May.

The Bishop’s 10th anniversary will be recognized on a special edition of Proclaim! TV at 10:30 a.m. April 18 on WATM ABC 23. The salute will include video messages to the Bishop from Catholic school students throughout the diocese.

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