Diocese Announces Lenten Video Series


A Message from Tony DeGol
Diocesan Director of Communications

Do you find it exhausting keeping up with all of your devices that require charging? From iPhones to iPads, laptops to cameras, so many handy things are constantly running out of juice.

Just like our tech gadgets, our spiritual batteries often need to be recharged, and the upcoming Lenten season provides plenty of opportunities.

Throughout Lent, please keep an eye out for a special series of daily reflections to enrich your Lenten journey.

I have invited a group of individuals to offer daily video messages that will be posted on the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The presenters are:

  • Bishop Mark L. Bartchak
  • Father Matthew Reese, Pastor of Our Lady of the Alleghenies Parish in Lilly and Diocesan Director of Vocations
  • Father Neil Dadey, Pastor of Our Lady of Victory Parish in State College
  • Father Jude Brady, OSB, Pastor of Saint Benedict Parish in Carrolltown
  • Sister Joachim Anne Ferenchak, O. Carm., Administrator of Garvey Manor Nursing Home
  • Andre McCarville, Diocesan Director of Missions and Family Life
  • Jeanne Thompson, Diocesan Coordinator of Christian Initiation

The reflections will be posted on social media each morning beginning on Ash Wednesday and concluding on Easter Sunday.  

Also throughout Lent, the Very Reverend John Byrnes, JCL, JV, Rector of the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel in Loretto and Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, will offer weekly reflections on Proclaim! TV. Watch Proclaim! every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on WATM ABC 23.

The season of Lent is one of the great gifts of the Church. May the upcoming 40 days truly be an opportunity for you to spiritually recharge in preparation for the glory of Easter.