Statement on the appointment of Bishop-elect Scharfenberger to Albany

Published on February 11th, 2014

Bishop-elect Scharfenberger

Bishop-elect Scharfenberger

Following is a statement of Richard E. Barnes, executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference:

“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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