Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown

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Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
Dioecesis Altunensis-Johnstoniensis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown.svg
The coat of arms of the Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown
Location
Country United States of America
TerritoryPennsylvania counties of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clinton, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset
Ecclesiastical provincePhiladelphia
Statistics
Area6,674 sq mi (17,290 km2)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
678,000
109,500 (16.2%)
Parishes88
Information
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedMay 30, 1901 Diocese of Altoona
October 9, 1957 Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
CathedralCathedral of the Blessed Sacrament (Altoona)
Co-cathedralSt. John Gualbert Cathedral (Johnstown)
Patron saintMary, Mother of the Church [1]
Secular priests131
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
BishopMark Leonard Bartchak
Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown
Metropolitan ArchbishopCharles Joseph Chaput
Archbishop of Philadelphia
Emeritus BishopsJoseph Victor Adamec
Bishop Emeritus of Altoona-Johnstown
Map
Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown map 1.png
Website
ajdiocese.org

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown (Latin: Dioecesis Altunensis-Johnstoniensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania.

It was established on May 30, 1901, as the Diocese of Altoona. On October 9, 1957, the name was changed to the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.

It consists of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clinton, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset Counties.

The diocese also sponsors Proclaim!, a weekly Catholic news show, and a weekly live mass from St. John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown.

The seat of the bishop is in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

Bishops[edit]

The bishops of the diocese and their tenures of service:

Bishops of Altoona[edit]

  1. Eugene A. Garvey (1901-1920)
  2. John Joseph McCort (1920-1936)
  3. Richard Thomas Guilfoyle (1936-1957)

Bishops of Altoona-Johnstown[edit]

  1. Howard Joseph Carroll (1957-1960)
  2. Joseph Carroll McCormick (1960-1966), appointed Bishop of Scranton
  3. James John Hogan (1966-1986)
  4. Joseph Victor Adamec (1987-2011)
  5. Mark Leonard Bartchak (2011-present)

Parishes[edit]

  • All Saints, Boswell
  • Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel, Loretto
  • Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona
  • Church of the Transfiguration, Conemaugh
  • Good Shepherd, State College
  • Holy Family, Colver
  • Holy Family, Hooversville
  • Holy Name, Ebensburg
  • Holy Rosary, Altoona
  • Holy Spirit, Lock Haven
  • Immaculate Conception, Dudley
  • Immaculate Conception, New Germany
  • Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon
  • Most Holy Trinity, South Fork
  • Our Lady of Assumption Chapel, Altoona
  • Our Lady of Fatima, Altoona
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Altoona
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Altoona
  • Our Lady of Victory, State College
  • Our Lady of the Alleghenies, Lilly
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Portage
  • Our Lady Queen of Angels, Central City
  • Our Mother of Sorrows, Johnstown
  • Penn State Catholic Campus Ministry, State College
  • Prince of Peace, Northern Cambria
  • Queen of Archangels, Clarence
  • Queen of Peace, Patton
  • Resurrection, Johnstown
  • Sacred Heart, Altoona
  • Saint Aloysius, Cresson
  • Saint Andrew, Johnstown
  • Saint Anne, Davidsville
  • Saint Anne, Johnstown
  • Saint Anthony of Padua, Windber
  • Saint Augustine, St. Augustine
  • Saint Bartholomew, Wilmore
  • Saint Bernard, Hastings
  • Saint Benedict, Carrolltown
  • Saint Benedict, Geistown
  • Saint Catherine of Siena, Duncansville
  • Saint Catherine of Siena, Mount Union
  • Saint Clare of Assisi, Johnstown
  • Saint Clement, Johnstown
  • Saint Demetrius, Gallitzin
  • Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Windber
  • Saint Francis of Assisi, Johnstown
  • Saint Francis Xavier, Cresson
  • St. Gregory, MacDonaldton
  • Saint Joan of Arc, Frugality
  • Saint John, Summerhill
  • Saint John Gualbert Cathedral, Johnstown
  • Saint John the Baptist, New Baltimore
  • Saint John the Evangelist, Altoona
  • Saint John the Evangelist, Bellefonte
  • Saint John the Evangelist, Everett
  • Saint John Vianney, Mundy's Corner
  • Saint Joseph, Bellwood
  • Saint Joseph, Portage
  • Saint Joseph, Renovo
  • Saint Joseph, Williamsburg
  • Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Penns Valley
  • Saint Mark, Altoona
  • Saint Mary (Immaculate Conception), Altoona
  • Saint Mary, Hollidaysburg
  • Saint Mary, Nanty Glo
  • Saint Mary, Pocahontas
  • Saint Mary, Shade Gap
  • Saint Mary Chapel, Snow Shoe
  • Saint Matthew, Tyrone
  • Saint Michael, Hollidaysburg
  • Saint Michael, Johnstown
  • Saint Michael, Saint Michael
  • Saint Michael, West Salisbury
  • Saint Monica, Chest Springs
  • Saint Nicholas, Nicktown
  • Saint Patrick, Johnstown
  • Saint Patrick, Newry
  • Saint Peter, Somerset
  • Saint Rose of Lima, Altoona
  • Saint Stephen, McConnellsburg
  • Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, Altoona
  • Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, Johnstown
  • Saint Thomas, Bedford
  • Saint Thomas Aquinas, Ashville
  • Saint Thomas More, Roaring Spring
  • Saints Cyril & Methodius, Windber
  • Saints Gregory & Barnabas, Johnstown
  • Saints Peter & Paul, Philipsburg
  • Saints Philip & James, Meyersdale
  • Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Beans Cove
  • Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Johnstown
The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona
St. John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown
Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel in Loretto

Schools[edit]

Preschools[edit]

  • All Saints Catholic School, Cresson
  • Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, Johnstown
  • Holy Name School, Ebensburg
  • Holy Trinity Catholic School, Altoona, Hollidaysburg
  • Lock Haven Catholic School, Lock Haven
  • Northern Cambria Catholic School, Nicktown
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, Portage (also offers Kindergarten)
  • Our Lady of Victory Preschool, State College
  • Saint Benedict School, Carrolltown
  • Saint Matthew School, Tyrone
  • Saint Michael School, Loretto
  • Saint Patrick School, Newry
  • Saint Peter School, Somerset
  • Saint Thomas School, Bedford

Elementary schools[edit]

  • All Saints Catholic School, Cresson
  • Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, Johnstown
  • Holy Name School, Ebensburg
  • Holy Trinity Catholic School, Altoona, Hollidaysburg
  • Lock Haven Catholic School, Lock Haven
  • Northern Cambria Catholic School, Nicktown
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, Portage (also offers Kindergarten)
  • Our Lady of Victory Preschool, State College
  • Saint Benedict School, Carrolltown
  • Saint Matthew School, Tyrone
  • Saint Michael School, Loretto
  • Saint Patrick School, Newry
  • Saint Peter School, Somerset
  • Saint Thomas School, Bedford

Middle schools[edit]

  • All Saints Catholic School, Cresson
  • Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, Johnstown
  • Holy Name School, Ebensburg
  • Holy Trinity Catholic School, Altoona, Hollidaysburg
  • Lock Haven Catholic School, Lock Haven
  • Northern Cambria Catholic School, Nicktown
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, Portage (also offers Kindergarten)
  • Our Lady of Victory Preschool, State College
  • Saint Benedict School, Carrolltown
  • Saint Matthew School, Tyrone
  • Saint Michael School, Loretto
  • Saint Patrick School, Newry
  • Saint Peter School, Somerset
  • Saint Thomas School, Bedford

High schools[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Sexual abuse controversy[edit]

On March 1, 2016, a Pennsylvania grand jury investigating the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown reported that at least 50 priests and others associated with the church had abused hundreds of children across nearly half a century, and that diocesan leadership actively concealed the abuse[2]. Much of the abuse happened between the 1940s and 1980s, but many of the victims came forward in more recent decades to report the priest to the diocese. While the report[3] suggested that local law enforcement and prosecutors should have been more aggressive in pursuing victims' stories, it says two former bishops were primarily to blame for the decades of concealment: James Hogan, who served from 1966 to 1986 and died in 2005, and Joseph Adamec, who served from 1987 to 2011 and is now retired. Those bishops "took actions that further endangered children as they placed their desire to avoid public scandal over the well-being of innocent children ... Priests were returned to ministry with full knowledge they were child predators."[2] Monsignor Michael Servinsky, who served under Hogan, Adamec and the current Bishop, Mark Bartchak, were called to testify before a grand jury.[4] In his testimony, Bartchak acknowledged that dozens of Catholic figures who were stationed in the Diocese's small town communities abused children between the 1950s and 1990s.[5] Though it was also acknowledged that Adamec had created a system to ensure that hush money would be supplied to the victims of sex abuse in the Diocese,[4] Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, herself a Catholic,[4] refused to file any criminal charges by the time the testimony was made public in March 2016.[4] Servinsky had also been executive to Bishop Hogan's estate, and, along with Adamec, was named as a co-defendant in a lawsuit which began against accused priest Charles Bodziak which started in 2016.[6] The lawsuit against Bodziak was dismissed in December 2017.[7]

Despite identifying hundreds of cases of suspected abuse, the grand jury and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General were not able to recommend criminal charges, because many of the cases were too old, and the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution had elapsed[8] Bishop James John Hogan and Bishop Joseph Victor Adamec are noted because they covered up abuse and safeguarded the Roman Catholic Church from bad publicity rather than protecting innocent children.[9]

Former Erie priest and current Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown Mark Bartchak was also criticized in the August 2018 grand jury investigation for his handling of 2005 investigation against former Erie priest William Presley.[10] Bartchak was assigned by the Vatican during this time to investigate claims against Presley, who served in the Erie Diocese between 1963 and 1986, and continuously re-interviewed a male victim who previously disclosed his alleged abuse to the diocese in 1982, 1987 and 2002.[10] On Aug. 25, 2005, Bartchak sent a secret memo to then-Erie Bishop Donald Walter Trautman.[10] Parts of the memo read “I was not surprised to learn from other witnesses from the Elk County area, that there are likely to be other victims” and that "it is likely that there may be others who were also of the age for the offenses to be considered delicts, but to what end is it necessary to follow every lead?”[10] Bartchak also stated in another secret memo following a meeting with Trautman on August 29, 2005 "Bishop Trautman decided that in order to preclude further scandal, these additional witnesses should not be contacted, especially given the fact that it is not likely that they will lead to information concerning delicts involving minors under 16 years of age.”[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "patrons of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania". 20 April 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Grand jury: Altoona diocese concealed sex abuse of hundreds of children by priests". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  3. ^ "A Report of the Thirty-Seventh Statewide Investigating Grand Jury" (PDF). Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "Grand jury report reveals decades of clergy sex abuse in Altoona-Johnstown diocese". 2 March 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  5. ^ Walters, Joanna (8 March 2016). "'He was a monster': how priest child abuse tore apart Pennsylvania towns". the Guardian. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Blair County attorney announces new civil lawsuits against suspended priest". Tribune-Democrat. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  7. ^ dhurst@tribdem.com, David Hurst. "Judge tosses lawsuit against suspended priest". Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Priests and church leaders sexually abused hundreds of children in Altoona Diocese: AG office". PennLive.com. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  9. ^ Service, CNHI News. "'Staggering' priest sex abuse disclosed in Pennsylvania diocese by grand jury". Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  10. ^ a b c d e Service, Dave Sutor CNHI News. "Grand jury report links Altoona-Johnstown bishop to abuse case and cover-up in Erie". Retrieved 8 November 2018.

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