Bishop Mark Bartchak, the eighth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, will participate in the dedication of a new Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 6 p.m. Sunday, February 19, at the J. Irving Whalley Memorial Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is located off the Fellowship Room in the Chapel.
According to Jonathan Jerome, Pitt-Johnstown Catholic Campus Minister, the Blessed Sacrament Chapel is the result of hard work and collaboration by the university, diocese and community. “The Blessed Sacrament Chapel will offer space for a moment of prayer and contemplation during the course of a busy day, helping to further Catholic Campus Ministry’s mission of integrating faith with studies,” added Mr. Jerome.
The main celebrant at the Sunday Mass will be the Most Reverend Mark L. Bartchak. Fr. Matthew Reese, the Sacramental Minister at Pitt-Johnstown and pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Johnstown, will be concelebrating. The dedication and blessing of the new Chapel takes place after the celebration of Holy Communion. A reception will follow.
The J. Irving Whalley Memorial Chapel is an all-faiths chapel from the Whalley Charitable Trust. The chapel provides a non-denominational facility for members of the University community to use for worship services, weddings, and other gatherings.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
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