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Retreat for lawyers part of Fortnight for Freedom
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.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Interfaith panel will discuss fighting racism
"Everyone makes a question of whether it's a question," said James Owens of the Black Catholic Apostolate of the Albany Diocese, based at St. Joan of Arc parish in Menands. But racism "does exist. And it does need to be talked about."
Thursday, June 22, 2017

SS. ANTHONY AND JOSEPH PARISH in Herkimer just celebrated the 100th anniversary of St. Anthony's parish.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

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

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

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

New superintendent of schools chosen
Giovanni Virgiglio has been named superintendent of schools for the Albany Diocese by Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, effective immediately.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Diocese rolls out myParish app
"In this era, you have to be involved with three, four or five different types of media to get your message out," declares Rev. Joseph Cebula, pastor of St. Mary's parish in Crescent. "Just one doesn't do it."
Thursday, May 4, 2017

A special section honoring priests celebrating significant jubilees of ordination this year.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lobby for Life Day coming at Capitol
New York State Right To Life will hold its annual Lobby for Life Day May 3, 9 a.m.-noon, at the State Capitol in Albany.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Seminarians from Diocese will study in Rome, Italy
The "West Point of the Catholic Church in America" will soon have two new students from the Albany Diocese. Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has decided to send seminarians Stephen Yusko and Matthew Duclos to study for the priesthood at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Bishop Emeritus Hubbard marks 40 years as a bishop
Bishop Emeritus Howard J. Hubbard doesn't quite fit the definition of "retired."
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Bishop's Appeal a success
The 2016 Bishop's Appeal for the Albany Diocese has broken a record: Of the $7.5 million goal for Catholics in the Diocese's 14 counties to donate, 99 percent has been collected.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Schenectady-area clergy promote common ground
"We're used to feeling so divided," said Rev. Robert Longobucco, pastor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish in Schenectady. "It feels good to understand that, at some very basic levels, we are united. We are united on the broadest understanding of the value of each person."
Thursday, March 23, 2017

New Muslim Food Pantry gets ecumenical aid
The Islamic Center of the Capital Region recently opened a food pantry in Schenectady, but there was a small problem: "It's still in a trial period," said coordinator Humera Khan.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sisters support effort to end human trafficking
Human trafficking often isn't thought of as a problem here in America, said Sister Francine Dempsey, CSJ.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bishop Maginn High changes curriculum
Recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all model when it comes to academic success, Bishop Maginn High School in Albany will transform its educational approach beginning next fall, offering an innovative learning experience customized to the strengths of each student.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Homeless people leaving hospital now have a home while recovering
Seton Health/St. Mary's Hospital in Troy is now home to a new program to help people dealing with homelessness get back on their feet after a hospital stay.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Birth mother hears from son 50 years after adoption
"Dear Mrs. Hallahan," the letter began. "My name is Sean, and I was born in 1966...."

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Maginn students make food pantry make sense to immigrant patrons
Students at Bishop Maginn High School in Albany are using their required community service time to help people close to their home and heart.
Thursday, March 2, 2017


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