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Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown Diocese and U.S. Attorney to speak at Red Mass / Law Day
Saint Francis University will host its annual Red Mass / Law Day on Friday, April 25, on its Loretto campus. Bishop Mark L. Bartchak, J.C.D., will serve as the celebrant for the Red Mass. The Reverend Gabriel J. Zeis, T.O.R., president of Saint Francis, will serve as the homilist. The Honorable David J. Hickton, United States Attorney, Western District of Pennsylvania, will give the keynote address at the luncheon.
April 25, 2014
Start Time: 10:30 am
Location: Immaculate Conception Chapel and JFK Student Center
Bishop Bartchak was installed as the eighth Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown in 2011. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Catholic elementary and secondary schools, graduating from Bradford Central Christian High School. He received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from St. Mark Seminary and Gannon University. He also studied for the priesthood at Christ the King Seminary, receiving a master of arts degree in theology. He studied canon law at The Catholic University of America, where he received the licentiate degree and a doctorate degree.
Father Zeis was inaugurated as president of Saint Francis is 2004, and will conclude his presidency in May 2014. He has overseen a period of strategic growth with increases in both enrollment numbers and endowment value. Fr. Zeis also led the formation of the university’s prominent academic school system. Two new academic spaces were created under his leadership: the 30,000 square-foot Joseph and Marguerite DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness and the 70,000 square-foot Science Center. Fr. Zeis was an agent of change on campus long before his presidency. From 1980 to 1987, he was a member of the religious studies department. During that time he developed the outreach program and was the first director of the university’s Dorothy Day Center.
Mr. Hickton co-founded Burns, White & Hickton, LLC, in 1987. Prior to that, he was an associate attorney at Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote where he practiced in the areas of transportation, litigation, commercial, and white collar crime. His legal career began as a law clerk for the Honorable United States District Judge Gustave Diamond from 1981 to 1983. In addition, Mr. Hickton taught antitrust for more than a decade as an adjunct professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law.
Mr. Hickton is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a fellow of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. He has been admitted before the United States Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and several of the U.S. Circuit Courts.
Red Mass will begin at 10:30 am in the Immaculate Conception Chapel followed by lunch at the John F. Kennedy Student Center.
All area judges, lawyers, law enforcement officials, friends, and area residents of all faiths are invited to participate in Red Mass/ Law Day. For more information or to register, please contact Vickie Soyka at
814-472-3001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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