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Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Bishop Mark Bartchak, (center) stands with (left to right) Deacon Brian Yurky, Deacon Justin Treon, Deacon Daniel Heiser and Deacon Michael Russo, diocesan director of the permanent diaconate.

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown welcomed a new priest and three new deacons.

Bishop Mark Bartchak ordained Brian Norris to the priesthood during a May 28 mass at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. Father Norris, originally from Saint Mary Parish in Hollidaysburg, is the son of Dan and Beth Norris of Duncansville. He graduated from Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School in Altoona and Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, and he completed his education and priestly formation at Saint Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore. Father Norris has been appointed parochial vicar of Saint John the Evangelist and Saint Rose de Lima parishes in Altoona and sacramental minister at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, effective June 29.

Bishop Barchak ordained Daniel Heiser and Brian Yurky as permanent deacons during a June 4 mass at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Deacon Heiser and his wife, Alison, are parishioners at Saint Joseph in Renovo. Deacon Yurky and his wife, Bonnie, belong to Saints Peter and Paul parish in Philipsburg.

During the June 4 Mass, the bishop also ordained transition deacon Justin Treon. Deacon Treon is a member of Saint Aloysius de Cresson parish. He is assigned to diaconal service this summer at Saint John Gualbert Cathedral and Saint Patrick Parishes in Johnstown. Deacon Treon will resume his education and priestly formation at Saint Vincent de Latrobe Seminary this fall, and he will continue his diaconal service at Saint John Gualbert and Saint Patrick throughout the school year. He is expected to be ordained a priest next spring.

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