Edward Bernard Scharfenberger

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Edward Bernard Scharfenberger
Bishop of Albany
Scharfenberger at his installation in 2014.
Archdiocese New York
Diocese Albany
Appointed February 11, 2014
Installed April 10, 2014
Predecessor Howard James Hubbard
Ordination July 2, 1973
by James Aloysius Hickey
Consecration April 10, 2014
by Timothy M. Dolan, Howard James Hubbard, and Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio
Personal details
Born (1948-05-29) May 29, 1948 (age 69)
Brooklyn, New York
Denomination Roman Catholic
Parents Edward and Elaine Scharfenberger
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Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Edward Bernard Scharfenberger (born May 29, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who serves as the tenth bishop of the Diocese of Albany, New York.[1]


Early life and education[edit]

Scharfenberger was born in Bushwick, Brooklyn. He graduated from Cathedral Preparatory Seminary High School and Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception with a BA in Philosophy. From 1968, he was a seminarian of the North American College in Rome. In 1972 he obtained an STB degree (summa cum laude) at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Ordination and ministry[edit]

Scharfenberger received his priestly ordination July 2, 1973 in St. Peter's Basilica at the hands of then-Bishop James Hickey, the future cardinal, then rector of the North American College. He was incardinated into his native diocese, the Diocese of Brooklyn. In 1977 he completed a licence in moral theology at the Alphonsian Academy in Rome, and in 1981 a licence in canon law (JCL) at the Catholic University of America.[2]

In addition to pastoral work for decades, he held various roles in the diocesan curia (a member of the diocesan tribunal, judicial vicar, an adviser to the canonical Ordinary, promoter of justice and member of the committee for sexually abused children). From 2013, he was the episcopal vicar for Queens.

Bishop of Albany[edit]

On February 11, 2014, Pope Francis appointed him bishop of Albany. Prior to the appointment, he had served as pastor of St. Matthias Church in Ridgewood, Queens.[3] He was consecrated and installed by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, on April 10, 2014 in a ceremony at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Scharfenberger is bishop Albany Times-Union, April 10, 2014
  2. ^ "New Bishop for Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany" (PDF). Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Pope Francis picks Queens priest to lead Albany diocese Gardinier, Bob.Albany Times-Union, February 11, 2014

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Howard James Hubbard
Bishop of Albany
Succeeded by