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.
On Thursday, St. Pius School in Loudonville was the backdrop for a thank-you ceremony at a student assembly for all the work and support that came from the Capital Region for recovery efforts after Typhoon Haiyan.
The deadly November 2013 storm, also known as Typhoon Yolanda, devastated some coastal areas of the Philippines. Catholic Relief Services CEO Dr. Carolyn Woo discussed her recent trip to the Island Nation where she surveyed the damage and where Catholic Relief Services has been helping typhoon victims for over a year.
Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop for the Albany Catholic diocese. The Times Union reports that Reverend Monsignor Edward B. Scharfenberger, a priest from Brooklyn, will succeed Bishop Howard Hubbard, who has led the Diocese of Albany for 37 years. There will be a press conference at 11:00 a.m. this morning.