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Rev. Msgr. Edward B. Scharfenberger (Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany) Rev. Msgr. Edward B. Scharfenberger (Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Pope Francis appointed Rev. Msgr. Edward B. Scharfenberger Tuesday as the tenth bishop of Albany.

Bishop-elect Scharfenberger is currently a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y. He will succeed Bishop Howard J. Hubbard who led the Diocese of Albany for 37 years. Scharfenberger will be officially ordained on April 10.

Bishop Hubbard reached the mandatory age of retirement of 75 in October 2013. He submitted his letter of retirement to Pope Francis at that time but was instructed to stay in his position until the appointment and installation of a new bishop.

Bishop-elect Sharfenberger studied theology at the North American College in Rome where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1972. He was ordained a priest in July 1973 in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Bishop-elect Sharfenberger went on to earn a Moral Theology degree from the Academy of St. Alphonsus, and he earned his J.C.L. in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America.

He also studied at Fordham University School of Law earning his Juris Doctorate degree in May 1990. Bishop-elect Sharfenberger is admitted to the bar in New York State.

Bishop-elect Sharfenberger was most recently at St. Matthias Church in Ridgewood where he served for 12 years.

Richard E. Barnes, executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference issued the following statement:

"It is with great joy that we welcome Pope Francis' appointment of Msgr. Edward B. Scharfenberger as the 10th Bishop of Albany. We are excited to get to know our new local bishop and we look forward to his strong voice impacting the important pastoral and public policy issues facing the Church in the entire state of New York. We also heartily welcome Msgr. Andrzej Zglejszewski as a new Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

"Bishop-elect Scharfenberger's spirituality, his legal training and his long history as a pastor in a multi-ethnic parish in the melting pot of Queens will serve him well in Albany. As a bishop whose cathedral is next door to the Executive Mansion and across the street from the Capitol complex, he will undoubtedly have a key role to play as a point person in public policy matters for the Conference.

"Today our hearts are filled with emotion and gratitude for the gift of Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, a true giant in the Church in New York State, who has served as Bishop of Albany since 1977 and for all that time, as chairman of our Public Policy Committee. I know I speak for the entire staff of the Conference in saying that our affection and esteem for Bishop Hubbard runs very deep. He has not only had an incalculable professional impact on our work here, but he has also been our spiritual shepherd as our local bishop. We wish Bishop Hubbard a long and healthy retirement and look forward to many more years of his wise counsel.

"We wish both Bishop-elect Scharfenberger and Bishop-elect Zglejszewski every blessing as they embark on their new episcopal ministries."

The Catholic Conference represents New York State's Bishops in matters of public policy.

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