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Demetrius Gallitzin

"Apostle of the Alleghenies"




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Apostolic Delegation

United States of America

3339 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20008


April 28, 1970

 Your Excellency:

            It is a very great pleasure for me to extend to you and to the Clergy, Religious and Laity of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown my heartiest congratulations on the occasion of the Bicentennial Celebration of the Birth of Father Demetrius Gallitizin.

            This memorable and significant occasion, marking the great accomplishments of a truly remarkable figure in the early history of the Church of the United States, affords us an opportunity to admire once again the indefatigable zeal of this genuinely priestly figure.  The people of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown can look back with deep gratitude for Father Gallitzin's spirit of renunciation and apostolic vision, both of which enabled him to dedicate his entire self to the area's Catholics, notwithstanding numerous obstacles.

            I know that this Anniversary will be replete with blessings from on high, and it is while conscious of this that I join Your Excellency and the People of God in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown in offering thanks to Almighty God for his many graces and countless blessings of the past, together with a prayer that the future be marked with comparable heavenly favors.

            With renewed felicitations and sentiments of esteem, I remain


Sincerely yours in Christ, 

 Luigi Raimondi

Apostolic Delegate

Most Reverend James J. Hogan, D.D.
Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown
Altoona, Pennsylvania