Groups from throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown traveled to Washington, D.C., on January 24 for the March for Life. Bishop Mark traveled by bus with a group from the Altoona area organized by the Blair County chapter of Citizens Concerned for Human Life. In two photos, Bishop is pictured with the daughter of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla.

A group of Cambria and Somerset County residents also made the trip. Father Matthew Reese, Pastor of Our Lady of the Alleghenies Parish in Lilly and diocesan Director of Vocations accompanied them.

Father Matt Baum, Administrator of Prince of Peace Parish in Northern Cambria and students from Northern Cambria Catholic School in Nicktown participated, as did Father Mark Pattock, OFM Cap., Pastor of Saint John the Baptist Parish in New Baltimore.

A group of the Northern Deanery and Penn State Catholic Campus Ministry posed in front of the U.S. Capitol.

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A Message of Hope- Fr. Mark Pattock, OFM Cap “In this time of social distancing, of hunkering down, take care to allow for a slowing down, to deeper prayer. Reinstitute the family recitation of the Rosary. The family that prays together stays together. Now is a privileged time to sink deeply into love, prayer, sacrifice, and mercy. Let your relationship deepen and know the tender love of God. Jesus in my heart, I believe in your tender love for me.”