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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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