Bishop Edward Scharfenberger

 Albany Roman Catholic Diocese Bishop Ed Scharfenberger
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Bishop Ed Scharfenberger joined farmworkers rallying Thursday at New York's Capitol for legislation to guarantee them overtime pay while removing the state's ban on their union organizing.

Another Capital Region grade school is shutting its doors.  It's the end of a 145-year run for St. Augustine School in the Lansingburgh section of Troy.

Bisop Maginn HS

A  landmark Albany school is moving to smaller quarters.

Saying it's time to stop the financial hemorrhaging, Albany Roman Catholic Diocese Bishop Ed Scharfenberger has decided the troubled Bishop Maginn High School will leave its current home, move to the former Cathedral School on Park Avenue, to "build a new beginning" with perhaps new administrators and board members.

Vincentian Institute and Cardinal McCloskey High School merged in 1977, creating “Maginn” in the former McCloskey building.

Mitchell Thomas Rozanski will be installed this afternoon as the 9th bishop of the Springfield Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church.  The diocese encompasses the four counties of western Massachusetts with 82 parishes and 220,000 members.  Rozanski, who is 56 years old, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland.    He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill on the eve of the installation.


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.