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Bishop Bartchak to speak

Event Details

Start Date:  November 7, 2013
Start Time: 7 pm
Location: Immaculate Conception Chapel
Phone: 814-472-3328


Bishop and Pope

The Most Reverend Mark Leonard Bartchak, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, will present a talk entitled “Pope Francis: His influence on the Church and the World” on Thursday, November 7, at Saint Francis University. It will begin at 7:00 pm at the Immaculate Conception Chapel located on the Loretto campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The Most Reverend Mark Bartchak is the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. He studied for the priesthood at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, NY, receiving a master of arts degree in theology in 1981. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Erie on May 15, 1981. Bishop Bartchak studied canon law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he received the licentiate degree in 1989 and the doctorate degree in 1992. In 2000, he received papal honors from Pope John Paul II with the title of Chaplain to His Holiness.

Prior to coming to the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese in 2011, Bishop Bartchak served the Diocese of Erie. He was involved in various roles in the Church on the state, national and international level. In 2004, he was appointed to the administrative board and the executive committee of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. In 2007, he was appointed as a consultant for the USCCB Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance. Bishop Bartchak has served as canonical consultant for a number of bishops, dioceses, seminaries, and religious institutes. He has also served as a judge for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and as a visiting judge in various diocesan tribunals.

Questions pertaining to the presentation at Saint Francis can be directed to the campus ministry office at 814-472-3328. For more information about campus ministry at Saint Francis, visit francis.edu/campus-ministry.

Saint Francis University aims to be as accessible as possible. Please contact our Accessibility Services Coordinator, April Fry, with specific inquiries at 814-472-3176 or complete our online request form at http://francis.edu/accessibility-accommodation-request/.