By Tony DeGol
The new location of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown central offices will soon be open for business.
The diocese plans to move its headquarters from Hollidaysburg to the former Our Lady of Lourdes School in Altoona during the week of June 17.
The new location, called the Mary Mother of the Church Pastoral Center, is located on West Chestnut Avenue, behind the Our Lady of Lourdes church building.
For the past several months, work has progressed to convert the former school into office space and meet all code and zoning requirements.
Besides the Bishop’s Office, the building will house most other diocesan ministries including the Tribunal, the Office of Communications, and the Education Office. The Family Life Office, currently located in Lilly, will also move to the new pastoral center.
The new location will also house a television studio for production of the diocesan Proclaim! TV Ministry.
Beginning on June 17, all mail to the diocese should be sent to the new Altoona address:
Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
2713 West Chestnut Avenue
Altoona, PA 16601-1720
The main diocesan phone number will remain (814) 695-5579. All e-mail addresses will be unchanged.
Diocesan offices affected by the move will be closed for at least the early part of the week of June 17, and phone and e-mail communication will be interrupted.
The diocese sold its current office complex at 927 South Logan Boulevard in Hollidaysburg to Garvey Manor Nursing Home. The Hollidaysburg campus has served as the diocese’s central offices since 1972.