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NYC Priest Ordained Albany's 10th Catholic Bishop


The official change of leadership for the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese took place Thursday afternoon at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany.

Hundreds of priests and bishops joined parishoners for the ordination of Rev. Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger of the Diocese of Brooklyn to watch him become the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Albany.  Scharfenberger was hand-selected to replace the retiring Howard Hubbard by Pope Francis.

The Albany Diocese has spent nearly four decades under Bishop Hubbard who reached mandatory retiremant age 75 October 31st, when he turned in his resignation to Pope Francis.

Scharfenberger, who is 65, has held a number of parish and administrative positions in New York City.

The Albany diocese has about 330,000 parishioners across 14 counties.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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