Bishop Salutes Religious Jubilarians at Dinner


The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown salutes those in consecrated life marking milestones.

Bishop Mark hosted his annual social and dinner for men and women religious in our diocese celebrating jubilee anniversaries this year.

Pictured left to right are the Very Reverend Anthony Francis Spilka, OFM Conv., Bishop’s Vicar for Religious; Reverend Thaddeus Rettger, OSB, Pastor of Saint Bernard Parish in Hastings, celebrating the 50th anniversary of priestly ordination; Sister Mary Jo Byrne, LSJ, celebrating the 50th anniversary of religious profession; Bishop Mark; and Reverend Malachi Van Tassell, TOR, President of Saint Francis University, celebrating the 25th anniversary of religious profession.

The dinner was at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona with Cathedral Administrator Monsignor Stanley Carson preparing a delicious meal and offering warm hospitality. 

Congratulations to other religious unable to attend the dinner: Sister Theadora Krause, CSFM, Reverend Nicholas Polichnowski, TOR, and Brother Richard Gates, TOR, all celebrating the 50th anniversary of religious profession; Reverend Vianney Cunningham, TOR, Sister Carol Jean Czrnik, CCW, Sister Judith Karlak, CCW, and Reverend David Kraeger, TOR, all celebrating the 60th anniversary of religious profession; Sister Carol Ann Ziecina, CSJ, celebrating the 65th anniversary of religious profession; and Sister Patti Rossi, CSJ, celebrating the 70th anniversary of religious profession.