Feb 11, 2014

Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Howard Hubbard, appoints new bishop for Albany Diocese



Staff report
(CNS photo/Bob Roller)

WASHINGTON – Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Howard J. Hubbard (pictured at left), 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Albany, N.Y., and named Brooklyn, N.Y. priest, Msgr. Edward B. Scharfenberger, 65, to succeed him.

The pope also named Msgr. Andrzej Zglejszewski, 52, to be auxiliary bishop of Rockville Centre, N.Y., where he has been co-chancellor and director of the Office of Worship.

The appointments were publicized in Washington, D. C., Feb. 11, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

(CNS photo/courtesy The Tablet)

Bishop-elect Scharfenberger (in right photo) was born May 29, 1948, in Brooklyn. He studied for the priesthood in Rome where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from the North American College and a licentiate in sacred theology from the Academia Alfonsiana. He also holds a licentiate in canon law from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a law degree from Fordham University.

He was ordained a priest for the Brooklyn Diocese in 1973. Assignments after ordination included St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, Maspeth, N.Y., 1973; St. Ephrem Parish, Brooklyn,  1973; study at Academia Alfonsiana, Rome,1976; study at Catholic University, Washington, 1978; Judicial Vicar, for diocesan tribunal, 1981; pastor, St. Mathias Parish, Ridgewood, N.Y., 2002; judicial vicar, diocesan tribunal, 1993; promoter of justice, diocesan tribunal, 2007; vicar for strategic planning, 2009-present; and vicar for Queens area of Brooklyn Diocese, 2013-present. He was named a monsignor in 1995.

Bishop Hubbard was named bishop of Albany in 1977, when he was 38 years old, making him the youngest bishop in the nation at that time. At the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops he served on the Committee for International Justice and Peace, of which he was chairman; and the subcommittees on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the Church in Africa.  He also served on other national bishops’ committees, including the committees on human values, marriage and the family, communication, laity and North American College. Pope John Paul II named him a member of the Vatican’s Secretariat for Non-Believers.

The Albany Diocese includes 14 counties across 10,419 square miles. It has a population of 1,392,464 people, of whom 330,000, or 24 percent, are Catholic.

(CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic)

Bishop-elect Zglejszewski (center, in photo at right) was born Dec. 18, 1961 in Bialystok, Poland. He holds a master of arts degree from Immaculate Conception Seminary in Douglaston, N.Y., and pursued advanced studies in theology at Catholic University and Fordham.

He was ordained for the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1990 and named a monsignor in 2010.

Assignments after ordination include associate pastor, St. Christopher Parish, Baldwin, N.Y., 1991-1995; associate pastor, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, West Hempstead, N.Y., 1995-2002; associate pastor, St. Rose of Lima Parish, Massapequa, N.Y., 2002-2007 and director of the diocesan worship office, 2007 to the present. He also has been adjunct professor at Immaculate Conception Seminary.