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Altoona Johnstown Diocese

We are part of the Altoona Johnstown Diocese which is led by Bishop Mark Leonard Bartchak.

The Most Rev. Mark Leonard Bartchak was ordained a Bishop and installed as the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown on April 19, 2011, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona.

Bishop Bartchak was born January 1, 1955, in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the son of the late Leonard Bartchak and the late Rosemary (nee: Beck) Bartchak-Shay. His mother’s ethnic background is German and Irish and his father’s background is Polish. (In the Polish language, the family name is Bartczak.) Bishop Bartchak’s parents were founding members of St. Monica Parish in Garfield Heights, OH where he was baptized.

Executive Director - Cindy O’Connor

I began my work as the Executive Director for Catholic Charities in 2020.  It is a privilege to be able to continue my commitment to serving the community while also living out my Catholic identity.  

I and my dedicated staff share a common faith that all people are worthy of care and support, especially in trying times.  We couldn’t do our work without generous donations and support from individuals and partners. 

Our commitment is steadfast to being the best steward of the resources entrusted to us.  While the pandemic has brought many issues, that will remain, we are expanding our capacity to rise to meet that challenge. 

We hope that you will continue to support the vision that all in our community can live well and care for themselves and their families.

Cindy O’Connor, Executive Director

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