About the Centre County Latin Mass
The Extraordinary Form Mass is offered according to the expressed wishes of Pope Benedict XVI, with the official approval of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and of St. Vincent Archabbey. This is now the second Extraordinary Form Mass location in our diocese, the other being at Queen of Peace Church in Patton, where the Mass is offered weekly.

The Mass at is presently offered at Saint John the Evangelist Church in Bellefonte once a month, by Fr. Cyprian Constantine, O.S.B., a monk of St. Vincent Archabbey.  Unless otherwise announced, the Mass is scheduled for 7pm on the First Saturday evening of each month, and it does satisfy the Sunday obligation.

For directions to our church, please see the main parish website.

The Centre County Latin Mass is organized by the State College Latin Mass Society. Please contact us for more information!

The music for the Mass is provided by the Saint Benedict Schola Cantorum. Since 2008, we have sung Gregorian chant and other sacred music at the usual "Ordinary Form" Masses at OLV, and also at the Latin Mass in Patton.


The Centre County Latin Mass began on January 5, 2013, in response to a request by some fifty families of Our Lady of Victory Parish in State College, with the gracious support of our pastor, Monsignor David Lockard.

In February 2016, upon the decision of Bishop Mark Bartchak, the Latin Mass was moved to Saint John the Evangelist Church in Bellefonte, with the gracious welcome of the pastor Fr. George Jakopac.

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For newcomers to the Latin Mass

You may be interested to read this short, informative article, provided by the parish in Patton!

To learn more about the Extraordinary Form

One of the most useful resources to learn about the Extraordinary Form is the website Sancta Missa, run by the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in Chicago. This site contains vast quantities of information for all interested parties, including lay people, priests, musicians, and servers! You can read tutorials or papal documents, see photos and videos, or download full-length books.