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The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has announced plans for pastoral and spiritual renewal through the program ARISE Together in Christ by RENEW International.

Benefits of ARISE

  • Enables parishioners to develop a closer relationship with Christ
  • Deepens faith through prayer and sharing in small communities
  • Encourages putting faith into action in daily life
  • Fosters spiritual renewal and bonds of friendship in the parish
  • Offers specific approaches and resources for inviting parishioners
  • Emphasizes outreach to youth and young adults

Letter from Bishop Mark:

Column by Monsignor Timothy Stein:

Orientation Sessions


All Parishes are Welcome! Bring your parish leaders to learn about ARISE and begin to form your parish team.


January 24, 2018
1:00-2:00 p.m. or 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Saint Andrew Parish, Johnstown


January 25
1:00-2:30 p.m. or 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Duncansville


January 26
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Saint Benedict Parish, Carrolltown


January 27
10:00 a.m.-Noon
Our Lady of Victory Parish, State College


2018 Timeline


January – Orientation Sessions
January/February – Parish kits arrive
April – Launching ARISE:  Leadership Training for the ARISE Parish Team
May – Reaching Out:  Evangelization Training for the ARISE Parish Team
September – Leadership Formation Workshop
September – Parishes launch the ARISE process with Sign-Up Sunday, and then invite support in prayer with Prayer Commitment Sunday
October-November – The parish-based small communities participate in the six faith-sharing sessions of Season One: Encountering Christ Today.


For more information and to RSVP, contact:
Sister Linda LaMagna, CCW
Diocesan ARISE Coordinator
(814) 742-7891


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