Former CLSA President Named Bishop
Friday, January 14, 2011
Posted by: Katie Richards
Pope Benedict XVI named Msgr. Mark L.
Bartchak, a priest of the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, bishop of the
Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and accepted the
resignation of Bishop Joseph Adamec, who reached the retirement age of
Mark L. Bartchak was
ordained a priest of the Diocese of Erie on May 15, 1981. He holds a
licentiate and doctorate in Canon Law from The Catholic University of
Since ordination, he’s served as parochial vicar at St. Francis
Church in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, and St. Leo Magnus in Ridgway,
Pennsylvania. He served as diocesan vicar for canonical affairs from
2004-2006 and judicial vicar from 1992-present. He is also a past
president of the Canon Law Society of America.