News & Events - 2020

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Academic Year Commences at Christ the Saviour Seminary

Monday, September 13, 2021

JOHNSTOWN, PA --[Christ The Saviour Seminary] - The seminarians at Christ the Saviour Seminary gathered for the first day of the Fall 2021 Semester for a day-long retreat provided by Father Miles Zdinak, Spiritual Director.  

This year's students include Aydin Zill, Dylan Kelemecz, Tom Kovalak and Nicholas Worobey.  Read more...

Eternal Memory: +Deacon Stephen Hall

Monday, June 14, 2021

JOHNSTOWN, PA - [Diocesan Chancery] -- With profound sadness the Diocesan Chancery announces that +Deacon Stephen Hall reposed in the Lord on The Feast of Ascension, June 10, 2021. 

Born on August 9, 1942 in Brunswick, Maine, Deacon Stephen was the son of the late Thurland C. Hall and the late Norma E. Hall. He earned his Master’s Degree and worked as a computer software engineer for many years before retiring. He also served in the United States Air Force and was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, earning recognition as a Silver Beaver. Stephen was a friend to all who crossed his path.

Stephen is survived by his loving wife, Nancy J. Hall (Koval); son, Michael P. Hall (Cindy L.); grandson, Michael C. Hall; sister, Ellen Hall Campbell.
Deacon Stephen was preceded in death by father, Thurland C. Hall; mother, Norma E. Hall; brother, Phil Hall.


Patriarchal Proclamation For Christmas 2020

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Most venerable brothers in Christ and beloved children,

As we journey with the All-Holy Virgin, who comes “to give birth ineffably” to the pre-eternal Word, and as we gaze upon Bethlehem, which prepares itself to receive the holy infant, behold we have once more reached Christmas filled with sentiments of gratitude to the God of love. The journey to this great feast of the nativity in the flesh of the world’s Savior was different this year with regard to the outward conditions, resulting from the current pandemic. Our church life and the participation of our faithful in the sacred services, as well as the church’s pastoral care and good witness in the world were all affected by the repercussions of the related health restrictions. However, all this does not affect the innermost relationship of the faithful with Christ or of our faith in His providence and our devotion to “the one thing that is necessary.”[1] Read more...

Eternal Memory: +Very Rev. Fr. John Baranik (Updated)

Monday, December 21, 2020

JOHNSTOWN, PA - [Diocesan Chancery] -- With profound sadness the Diocesan Chancery announces that +Rev. Fr. John Baranik reposed in the Lord on December 20, 2020. 

Fr. John, son of the late John and Irma (Lux) Baranik, was born on Oct.13, 1948 in Windber, PA. He graduated from Christ the Saviour Seminary in 1971 and was joined in Holy Matrimony to his faithful helpmate, Betty Jean Koslin.He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on May 30, 1971 at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown.

Fr. John, who was known as a dedicated and caring priest, served parishes in Buffalo, NY (St Mary Church), Phoenixville, PA (Holy Ghost Church), Jenners, PA (St Mary Church) and Homer City, PA (Sts. Peter and Paul Church). In his retirement, he assisted at Christ the Saviour Cathedral as he was able, especially with offering the Holy Mystery of Confession and spiritual direction.

Fr. John is survived by his wife of 49 1/2 years Pani Betty Jean and daughter Nikola Jean Read more...

Diocese To Offer 2 New Youth Ministry Programs!

Friday, December 11, 2020

JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] -- Our Diocese is pleased and excited to offer 2 NEW Youth Ministry Programs at the beginning of 2021!! The first are called “Homerooms”. The second are Monthly Check-ins. You can read more about them in the letter below. Both new programs are meant to continue fostering our children’s relationship with Christ, with our Diocese and with one another. These new programs stem from The Vine and the Branches online Diocesan Youth Events (which will be continued in 2021 starting in March) and are for Youth ages 5-18 (Kindergarten through 12th Grade). Read more...

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