|2/13/2014 1:36:00 PM|
Who is new bishop?
On Feb. 11, Pope Francis named Msgr. Edward B. Scharfenberger, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn for four decades, as the new Bishop of the Albany Diocese. He will be ordained a bishop and installed April 10, 2 p.m., in a ceremony at Albany's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Here are a few facts about Bishop-elect Scharfenberger, the soon-to-be 10th Bishop of Albany and successor to Bishop Howard J. Hubbard:
native of Brooklyn
65 years old
speaks several languages: German, Italian, Spanish, French, Polish; also knows some Russian and is learning Hebrew and Portuguese
both parents 93 years old: Edward and Elaine Scharfenberger of Warwick, N.Y.
four siblings: Miriam Muse (Glenn), James Scharfenberger and Dr. Dennis Scharfenberger, MD, (Anna), all of Warwick; and Lois Sheptuck (Deacon Paul) of Edison, N.J.
four nephews and two nieces; one nephew is deceased
attended Catholic schools; graduated as an English major in 1968 from Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception, Douglaston, N.Y.
studied theology at North American College, Rome, Italy; earned bachelor's degree in sacred theology from Pontifical Gregorian University in 1972
ordained a priest July 2, 1973, in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, by Bishop James A. Hickey, who later became Cardinal-Archbishop of Washington, D.C.
served as parochial vicar (associate pastor) at St. Stanislaus parish in Maspeth, N.Y., and St. Ephrem parish in Dyker Heights until 1976
returned to Rome for further studies: licentiate in sacred theology from Academy of St. Alphonsus, 1977
canon (Church) law degree from Catholic University of America, 1980
law degree from Fordham University, 1990; admitted to the bar in New York, 1991
served in a number of capacities in the diocesan Tribunal of Brooklyn for 20 years: judicial vicar for the Diocese of Brooklyn (overseeing diocesan Marriage Tribunal and serving as chief canonical advisor to the bishop), 1993-2002
also exercised pastoral ministry at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Forest Hills and St. Matthew's Church in Dix Hills
named a monsignor in 1995
administrator of diocesan Board of Mediation and Arbitration for past 15 years, as well as chaplain of the Kings County Catholic Lawyers Guild
has taught moral theology at diocesan Pastoral Institute and at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn Diocese
in 2002, appointed pastor of St. Matthias Church in Ridgewood, a large, multi-ethnic parish; served for 12 years
also served as promoter of justice for the Brooklyn Diocese and was a member of the Diocesan Review Board for Sexual Abuse of Minors
most recent assignments included vicar for strategic planning, 2009-present, and episcopal vicar (doing pastoral supervision of a part of a diocese) for Queens area of Brooklyn Diocese, 2013-present
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