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Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown Diocese and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge to speak at Red Mass / Law Day

Event Details

Start Date:  April 26, 2013
Start Time: 10:30 am
Location: Mass: Immaculate Conception Chapel
Lunch: JFK Student Center

Phone: 814-472-3001
Email: vsoyka@francis.edu

Saint Francis will host its annual Red Mass / Law Day on Friday, April 26, on its Loretto campus. Bishop Mark L. Bartchak, J.C.D., will serve as the celebrant and homilist for the Red Mass. The Honorable D. Brooks Smith, United States Court of Appeals of Pennsylvania judge, will give the keynote address at the luncheon.

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.

Judge Smith was previously chief judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He also served as administrative judge of the Blair County Courts, where his responsibility was to address that court's chronic backlog. Earlier, Smith was appointed to a judgeship on the Court of Common Pleas of Blair County. From 1983-1984, he served as the district attorney of Blair County. During his earlier roles as assistant district attorney and special prosecutor, he conducted a grand jury investigation into organized criminal activity in Central Pennsylvania. Smith was a managing partner of Jubelirer, Carothers, Krier, Halpern in Altoona. Judge Smith is a member of the American Law Institute, the Federal Judges Association, and the American Judicature Society, the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He served on the Criminal Rules Advisory Committee of the United States Judicial Conference from 1993-1999.

Red Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. 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 vsoyka@francis.edu


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