1938: born in Troy

1940s-'50s:  attended St. Patrick's School and LaSalle Institute, Troy

1956:  entered seminary; attended Mater Christi Minor Seminary and St. Joseph's, Dunwoodie; post-graduate studies at Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. (school of social service)

1963:  ordained a priest Dec. 18 at Church of St. Ignatius, Rome, Italy

1964-'77:  parish, inner-city and diocesan assignments: associate pastor at St. Joseph's, Schenectady, and Cathedral, Albany; chaplain for Kenwood Convent of the Sacred Heart, Albany; assistant director for Catholic Charities, Schenectady; director of Providence House, Albany; co-founder of Hope House, Albany; involved in creation of LIVCORP hostels for mentally handicapped; coordinator of Urban Apostolate, Albany; chair of diocesan Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and Priests' Personnel Board; director of Office of Pastoral Planning; diocesan consultor; diocesan vicar general; administrator of Diocese

1977:  appointed Bishop of Albany Feb. 1 by Pope Paul VI (first native of Albany Diocese to serve as its Bishop; youngest bishop in U.S. at the time); ordained and installed March 27 at Siena College alumni recreation center, Loudonville

1977:  honorary doctor of divinity degree from Siena College and doctor of humane letters degree from The College of Saint Rose, Albany

1978:  first "ad limina" visit to Rome in spring (meeting with Pope Paul VI, just months before his death); issued "We Are His People" pastoral letter on vision for Church in Diocese

1979:  hosted ground-breaking "Always His People" televised retreats (turned into book form), repeated in 1980

1980:  delegate to White House Conference on the Family

1981-'84:  chair, U.S. bishops' Committee on Family Values

1983:  led interfaith pilgrimage to Jerusalem and Rome; second ad limina visit to Rome (first meeting with Pope John Paul II)

1983-'87:  member, Secretariat for Non-Believers (appointed by Pope John Paul II)

1983-'90:  chair, U.S. bishops' Committee on Marriage and the Family

1984-'87:  introduced Renew faith-sharing and spiritual growth program in Diocese

1985:  sued to stop abortion clinic from opening in Albany

1986:  presided at history-making Palm Sunday reconciliation service between Catholics and Jews at Cathedral, Albany; believed to be first such service in world

1987:  honorary doctor of laws degree from Niagara University, Niagara Falls

1988:  "ad limina" visit to Rome to meet with Pope John Paul II; issued "We are God's Priestly People" pastoral letter on vision for Church in Albany Diocese in 1990s

1989:  brought Rochester-based St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry to Albany, Diocese's graduate school for theology; walked hand-in-hand with Rabbi Martin Silverman through "Portal" sculpture installed at Cathedral to commemorate 1986 Catholic/Jewish reconciliation service

1993:  "ad limina" visit to Rome to meet with Pope John Paul II

1996:  honorary doctor of laws degree from St. Bernard's Institute, Rochester; published "I Am Bread Broken: A Spirituality for the Catechist"

1997:  led celebration of sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of Albany Diocese; attended White House Prayer Breakfast hosted by Pres. Clinton

1998:  honorary doctor of laws degree from St. John's University, Jamaica, N.Y.; published "Fulfilling the Vision: Collaborative Ministry in the Parish;" "ad limina" visit to Rome to meet with Pope John Paul II

2000:  introduced Renew 2000 faith-sharing program in Diocese; hosted televised retreat, "Disciples Together in Faith;" launched Albany Diocese's website; led Diocese's Holy Year pilgrimage to Rome

2002:  broke right ankle slipping on ice outside Cathedral, on crutches for six weeks; celebrated 25th anniversary as Bishop

2003:  solidarity visit to Armenia with other bishops and Catholic Near East staff

2004:  totally cleared of allegations of abuse after grueling four-month investigation; "ad limina" visit to Rome to meet with Pope John Paul II

2006:  traveled to Gulf Coast to survey Hurricane Katrina devastation in role as chair of U.S. bishops' Catholic Campaign for Human Development; announced "Called to be Church" two-year pastoral planning effort in Diocese

2007:  launched "Called to be Church" pastoral planning process

2009:  issued final decisions to close 33 churches in Diocese by 2011

2010:  visited Nigeria and Sudan in role as chair of U.S. bishops' International Committee for Justice and Peace

2011:  "ad limina" visit to Rome to meet with Pope Benedict XVI

2012:  concelebrated canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Rome with Pope Benedict and led celebrations in Diocese

2013:  received president's medal from Fordham University; marking golden jubilee of priesthood and 36 years as Bishop, becoming longest-tenured Bishop in Diocese's history; presently longest-tenured Bishop in U.S.; celebrating 75th birthday Oct. 31; will submit mandatory resignation as Bishop to Rome and await notice of acceptance