Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Howard James Hubbard, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Albany, New York, and named Brooklyn, New York priest, Msgr. Edward Bernard Scharfenberger, 65, to succeed him.
The Pope also named Msgr. Andrzej Zglejszewski, 52, to be auxiliary bishop of Rockville Centre, New York, where he has been co-chancellor and Director of the Office of Worship.
The appointments were publicized in Washington, February 11, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Edward Scharfenberger was born May 29, 1948, in Brooklyn. He studied for the priesthood in Rome where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from the North American College and a licentiate in sacred theology from the Academia Alfonsiana. He also holds a licentiate in Canon Law from The Catholic University of America in Washington and a law degree from Fordham University.
He was ordained a priest for the Brooklyn Diocese in 1973. He was named a monsignor in 1995.
Bishop Hubbard was named bishop of Albany in 1977, when he was 38 years old, making him the youngest bishop in the nation at that time.
The Albany Diocese includes 14 counties across 10,419 square miles. It has a population of 1,392,464 people, of whom 330,000, or 24 percent, are Catholic.
<p>Andrzej Zglejszewski was born December 18, 1961, in Bialystok, Poland. He holds a master of arts degree from Immaculate Conception Seminary in Douglaston, New York, and pursued advanced studies in theology at Catholic University and Fordham.
He was ordained for the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1990 and named a monsignor in 2010.