Community mourns the loss of Bishop Adamec

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Monday, folks across the area remembered the longest serving bishop in the history of the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese.

Joseph Adamec died last Wednesday at the age of 83.
He served as a bishop from 1987 until 2011.
Controversy came about towards the end of his time with the diocese..
In 2016, a state grand jury report accused Adamec and Bishop Hogan of covering up decades of child sex abuse by more than 50 priests that they supervised.
James Hogan died in 2005.
No charges were ever filed against Adamec, and he denied any wrongdoing.

The viewing of the body for Joseph Adamec happened Monday night at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona, Monday night.

There will be another viewing at the cathedral Tuesday morning at 10, followed by a funeral mass at 11.

Tony DeGol, Secretary for Communications for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, who worked with the bishop for two years.  DeGol says the bishop retired in 2011 he was asked what he wanted his legacy to be and he said he wanted to unify the church.

He hopes people remember Bishop Adamec for the all the ministries he started that are still thriving today.

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