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Catholic Diocese of Albany gets new bishop

Rev. Msgr. Edward B. Scharfenberger  (Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany)
Rev. Msgr. Edward B. Scharfenberger (Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany)
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Updated: 2/11 8:17 am

ALBANY, N.Y. – Rev. Msgr. Edward B. Scharfenberger was appointed by Pope Francis 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.

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 the pastor of St. Matthias Church in Ridgewood where he served for 12 years.

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