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Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown eliminates staff to save money

November 10, 2018

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has announced staff changes on the diocesan level. The changes come after a formal analysis of each department to determine the necessary structure for the diocese to carry out its mission in the future.

Diocesan employees were notified Friday that nine support level positions will be eliminated Dec. 21. The affected employees will have the opportunity to pursue seven newly created positions and any other job opportunities within the diocese.

The diocese has scheduled a Rapid Response meeting with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry to aid the employees through the transition.

“The diocese is grateful to all of the employees for their years of service to the Church and will offer them continued support throughout this process,” the diocese said in a press release.

The diocese said it has taken several steps, under the leadership of Bishop Mark Bartchak, to reduce costs and be good stewards of the resources entrusted to it by the faithful. Those measures included the sale of the bishop’s residence in Hollidaysburg and the sale of the Diocesan Administration Center in Hollidaysburg. In the near future, the Diocesan Pastoral Center will be located in the former Our Lady of Lourdes School Building in Altoona, the diocese said.

“These actions and the staff restructuring announced today will better position the diocese to serve Catholics throughout the eight county region while operating within its financial means,” the press release states.

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