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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

Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger issued the following statement this week on immigration issues.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Shrine will host popular Amsterdam light show
Anyone who lives in the Amsterdam area, says Julie Baaki, will remember "cars lined up for a country mile" to drive through "Light Up the Sky for the Marching Rams," an annual light show sponsored by Amsterdam resident Linda Selbert.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Massive donation means new offices for St. Jude parish
A long-time parishioner approached Rev. Anthony Ligato after daily Mass one day at St. Jude the Apostle parish in Wynantskill.
"I had never been put back on my heels before," Father Ligato told The Evangelist.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bishop on Catholic politicians and Planned Parenthood
Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of the Albany Diocese released the following statement Feb. 13.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

'Climate ambassador' speaks at Copake Falls parish
Last weekend, the parish of Our Lady of Hope in Copake Falls welcomed a "climate ambassador" from the U.S. bishops' Catholic Climate Covenant.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Catholics speak out for N.Y. farmworkers
Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger delivered remarks in support of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act at a press conference Feb. 6 at the State Capitol in Albany.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Technology sent parish talk to locations across Diocese
In late January, Dr. Mark Fischer gave a presentation at St. Edward's parish in Clifton Park on "Making Parish Councils Pastoral." It was a significant event for two reasons.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Catholic photographer provides precious memories of lost infants
Alice Corey is always on call. At any point, if her phone goes off, Mrs. Corey drops what she's doing to head over to a nearby hospital.
Mrs. Corey isn't a doctor or an EMT. She's a photographer.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Update on life issues in New York State
A "consistent ethic of life," for Catholics, means valuing human life from conception until natural death. That means many issues fall under the "pro-life" umbrella.
Thursday, January 26, 2017


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