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The Fortnight for Freedom, an annual campaign to promote and defend religious freedom through peaceful prayer and activities, is being observed June 21-July 4 this year across the U.S. and in the Albany Diocese.

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SS. ANTHONY AND JOSEPH PARISH in Herkimer just celebrated the 100th anniversary of St. Anthony's parish.

Thursday, June 15, 2017
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Future priests get parish assignments
Every year, men studying for the priesthood for the Albany Diocese are assigned to parishes for the summer or for a longer "pastoral year" in order to get real-life experience with parish life. The diocesan Office of Vicar for Vocations recently announced the summer placements and pastoral year assignments for both seminarians, who have been officially accepted for formation to the priesthood, and aspirants, who are in the application process.

Thursday, June 8, 2017
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Diocese challenges abortion mandate in state Supreme Court
A backdoor attempt at abortion expansion by the Cuomo administration was challenged in court May 23 by counsel representing the Diocese of Albany and other plaintiffs, said the Diocese in a statement released last week.

Thursday, June 1, 2017
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Bishop assigns priests to diocesan, parish roles
Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has announced pastoral and administrative assignments for the Albany Diocese.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
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Religious freedom: good news and bad
Word is that the federal Department of Health & Human Services will soon release a new regulation to protect religious groups from the contraception/abortion mandate thrust on them in 2011 after the Affordable Care Act became law.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
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Men of Mater Christi host eucharistic adoration
The Mater Christi Holy League, a men's group at the Albany parish, meets at 7 p.m. on the first Friday of every month for eucharistic adoration.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
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A deacon's life
Life comes at you fast. Sometimes, what comes is good and sometimes bad, but either way life comes fast. Before you know it, your first child is about to be born, college graduation is upon you, or, in my case, I found myself vesting May 20 in the sacristy of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, preparing to be ordained a transitional deacon of the Church.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
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South African grad dedicates success to Albany Catholic Worker community
I am from KwaNdebeqheke, a rural village in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Today, 11 May 2017, I graduated as a social worker at the University of Zululand.
I still cannot believe I have made it this far. I am on a journey of breaking down a cycle of poverty that has surrounded my family for generations.

Thursday, June 15, 2017
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"Whenever I give a talk, I say, 'You own all this,'" declared Sister Monica Murphy, CSJ, director of Pyramid Life Center in Paradox.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
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Diocesan offices merge
The Albany Diocese's Office of the Vicar for Vocations has merged with the Office of Initial Diaconate Formation.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
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Sweeneys still serve, even after growing up
Waking up early on Sundays, sticking to their commitment and remembering all the components of Mass could make some young Catholics wary of signing up as altar servers. The Sweeney family of Blessed Sacrament parish in Mohawk feels differently.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
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New priest is marking days till ordination
There's an app on Deacon John Cronin's smart­phone that counts down the days until his priestly ordination for the Albany Diocese. He's been checking it compulsively.

Thursday, June 15, 2017
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