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2016-02-26 / Top 100 Organizations

Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown

Est. 1901 / Hollidaysburg

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown traces its spiritual roots to October 1799 when Father Demetrius Gallitzin arrived as a missionary in Loretto and established St. Michael’s Church – the only Catholic church between Lancaster and St. Louis, Missouri.

The diocese was officially established by Pope Leo XIII on May 30, 1901, and presently has 87 parishes serving 87,592 Catholics in the counties of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clinton, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset.

The Most Reverend Mark L. Bartchak was ordained as the eighth Bishop on April 19, 2011, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona.

Twenty elementary schools provide a faith-based education to 3,316 students from pre- school through eighth grade, while 1,064 students are enrolled in four independent high schools. An additional 8,064 non-Catholic school students receive religious education through the parishes. This Easter season, the diocese will welcome several hundred newly-initiated Catholic adults and the Bishop will confirm almost 900 young adults.

The bi-weekly diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Register, is mailed to 32,000 households. The diocese’s Proclaim! television ministry reaches thousands of homes every Sunday morning prior to the live broadcast of Mass from St. John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown.

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