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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is eliminating nine diocesan support-level jobs, effective Dec. 21.

A press release from the diocese stated the job cuts are “an effort to streamline processes and operate cost effectively.”

A formal analysis of each department led to the decision, according to the diocese, and the affected employees will have the opportunity to pursue seven new positions, the statement read. To assist employees whose positions are being eliminated, the diocese has scheduled a meeting with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor to aid them through the transition.

“The diocese is grateful to all of the employees for their years of service to the church and will offer them continued support throughout this process,” the press release stated.

Under the leadership of Bishop Mark L. Bartchak, the diocese has taken steps in recent years to reduce costs and “be good stewards of the resources entrusted to the diocese by the faithful,” the press release stated.

Those measures include the sale of the bishop’s residence in Hollidaysburg and the sale of the Diocesan Administration Center in Hollidaysburg.

In the near future, the Diocesan Pastoral Center will be located in the former Our Lady of Lourdes School building in Altoona.

“These actions and the staff restructuring announced today will better position the diocese to serve Catholics throughout the eight-county region while operating within its financial means,” the press release stated.

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