Diocese to Sponsor Men’s Conference in the Spring


On the heels of successful men’s and women’s conferences in 2022, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has announced plans for another round of conferences in 2023.

The men’s conference STRENGTH IN CHRIST – Be Not Afraid is scheduled for April 29 at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson.

Speakers will be Father Joe Freedy, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and Gary Zimak, a Catholic evangelist and author.

Father Freedy grew up in Pittsburgh and attended the University at Buffalo, where he was a starting quarterback. After college, he entered the seminary and studied in Rome – first at the Gregorian University and then at the John Paul II Institute. He was ordained a priest in 2008 and is currently the Senior Parochial Vicar at Divine Mercy Parish in Downtown Pittsburgh at Chaplain at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

Zimak is the author of several books and is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences around the country. He is recognized as the leading speaker on the topic of overcoming anxiety. Zimak is a regular guest on EWTN TV and Radio. A resident of South Jersey, his work has appeared in The National Catholic Register, Catholic Digest, and Catholic Exchange.

The men’s conference will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Athletic, Convocation and Wellness Center on campus. Arrival and check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. Bishop Mark will celebrate Mass at 4:00 p.m. Besides the keynote talks, the day will include brief presentations from local parishioners to inspire men to put their faith into action at the parish level. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated, and lunch will be provided.

Registration is required by April 14. The cost is $20 per person; $10 for college and high school students. Click HERE to register online or pick up a registration form at any parish in the diocese and mail the form and check to the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Pastoral Center.

A women’s conference is scheduled for September. More details will be announced soon.