Joseph Victor Adamec

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The Most Reverend
Joseph Victor Adamec
Bishop Emeritus of Altoona–Johnstown
Church Roman Catholic
Diocese Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown
Appointed March 12, 1987
Installed May 20, 1987
Term ended January 14, 2011
Ordination June 3, 1960
by Luigi Traglia
Consecration May 20, 1987
by Jozef Tomko
Personal details
Born (1935-08-13) August 13, 1935 (age 81)
Bannister, Michigan, U.S.
Nationality American and Slovak
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Joseph Victor Adamec (born August 13, 1935) is a retired American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania from 1987 to 2011.[1]


Adamec was born in Bannister, Michigan and studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical Nepomucene College in Rome and earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Lateran University. He was ordained by Luigi Cardinal Traglia in the Church of St. Anselm in Rome on July 3, 1960, for the Diocese of Nitra in Slovakia (the former diocese of his parents).

Adamec returned to serve the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan where he served in numerous capacities including Secretary of the Bishop and Master of Ceremonies, and Chancellor of the Diocese. In 1980 he received the "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" medal which recognized service to the Church and Pope. In 1985, he was named a Prelate of Honor. Adamec also served as the National President of the Slovak Catholic Federation, a position he was elected to in 1971 and held for seventeen years.

On March 12, 1987, Adamec was named the Bishop of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. He was consecrated on May 20, 1987 in the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament by Jozef Cardinal Tomko.[2]

His retirement and the appointment of his successor were announced on January 14, 2011. Mark Leonard Bartchak, of the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, was named his successor.

On March 1, 2016, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced that as Bishop, Adamec was at the forefront of a major cover-up scandal involving the sexual assault of hundreds of children by Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown priests.[3]


  1. ^ Rice, Ruth (December 23, 2010). "Holy season: Clergy will focus on manger scene during worship services". Tribune-Democrat. Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bishop's Biography". Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona Johnstown. Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop Emeritus of Altoona-Johnstown
Succeeded by
Preceded by
James John Hogan
Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown
Succeeded by
Mark Leonard Bartchak