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Rev. Edward B. Scharfenberger

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Local Address: Albany, New York, United States

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Formation Team and Diaconate


  • Cathedral Preparatory Seminary High School
  • theology
    North American College
  • bachelor's degree , Sacred Theology
    Pontifical Gregorian University
  • graduate degree , summa cum laude , moral theology
    Academy of St. Alphonsus
  • advanced graduate degree summa cum laude , Canon Law
  • juris doctor
    Fordham University School of Law
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ALBANY >> Before feasting on a ..., 7 April 2015 [cached]
ALBANY >> Before feasting on a traditional dinner Sunday afternoon, Catholics from around the Capital District and beyond traveled to Albany to spend Easter, the most sacred day of the liturgical year, with Bishop Edward Scharfenberger.
The pews were filled Sunday morning as hundreds of area Catholics gathered to commemorate Christs resurrection at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany.
Scharfenberger was installed last April as the tenth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, following Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard, making Sundays holiday Scharfenbergers second since entering his new role.
Like in years past, the historic cathedral was decked with Easter lilies and other colorful spring flowers for the occasion.
After hearing the Gospel narration of Jesus Christs resurrection from the dead, The first reaction is disbelief, Scharfenberger began his homily, and its totally natural.
The bishop entertained the view of skeptics, noting that even at the time of occurrence, it wasnt immediately accepted that Christ has risen from the dead. Dont assume that it was any easier to believe 2000 years ago, Scharfenberger said. Even the apostles had trouble believing it at first.
But, Let yourself be challenged, Scharfenberger urged the congregation.
The widespread story is seemingly inexplicable, Scharfenberger recognized. Things are not always what they seem, he said. There is mystery.
However, the easiest explanation is the one thats right there in the scriptures, Scharfenberger told the crowd.
Scharfenberger went on to say that Christians are courageous for believing in the resurrection. Despite what others may think or say, There was something there. There was something very real, he stated.
Through believing in the miracle, Scharfenberger has seen many become free from the fear of oppression, poverty and all that is broken in the world, he said. All of the things that we love most are going to come back, Jesus promises us.
Like the resurrection, some see Christs promise as Too good to believe, perhaps, Scharfenberger said, but, Gods dreams are always filled with surprises, he continued.
Be prepared to be surprised again, he ended the homily.
Church-goers then renewed their baptismal promises, renouncing Satan and all his works, while reaffirming their belief in God, Christ being born of the Virgin Mary and His resurrection from the dead.
Scharfenberger urged attendees to go out into the world and proclaim the joyous news as they continued on with their day and year.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany NY: Deacons, 21 Feb 2015 [cached]
Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger - ex-officio
Edward B. Scharfenberger, ..., 21 Feb 2015 [cached]
Edward B. Scharfenberger, D.D., Bishop of Albany
Administrative Advocate for Priest 40 North Main Ave., Albany, NY 12203 Phone: (518) 453-6643
Edward B. Scharfenberger ..., 11 Feb 2014 [cached]
Edward B. Scharfenberger bishop of Albany
Edward Scharfenberger at Albany Pastoral Center Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.
Edward B. Scharfenberger, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, will be succeeding Bishop Howard J. Hubbard as the 10th Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, the Vatican announced Tuesday.
Please help me to be myself help me to be my best self, said Scharfenberger, during a press conference Tuesday morning. And my pledge and promise is that I will help to bring the best out in you.
Scharfenberger, 65, was born in Bushwick in Brooklyn. He attended Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Elementary School in Ridgewood, N.J., and then Cathedral Preparatory Seminary High School in Elmhurst. He studied English at Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception in Douglaston and graduated in 1968. He then studied theology in at North American College in Rome, Italy. He was ordained on July 2, 1973, in St. Peters Basilica, Rome.
He served as Parochial Vicar, or associate pastor, at St. Stanislaus Church in Maspeth and St. Ephren Church in Dyker Heights before returning to Rome for further studies. After 20 years of serving in various capacities in the Diocese of Brooklyn, he attended Fordham University School of Law and was admitted to the New York bar in 1991. He has been the administrator of the Diocesan Board of Mediation and Arbitration and chaplain of the Kings County Catholic Lawyers Guild.
For the past 12 years, Scharfenberger has not only been pastor of St. Matthias Church in Ridgewood, a large multi-ethnic parish, but has also served as both Promoter of Justice for the Diocese of Brooklyn and a member of the Diocesan Review Board for Sexual Abuse of Minors. He most recently worked as the Episcopal Vicar for Queens.
Im here to be a shepherd to be people who are here, not to come in with my plan for what the diocese should be, said Scharfenberger.
Scharfenberger seems to be looking at creative solutions to this problem.
The church never really closes, because the church is people, not buildings, said Scharfenberger.
Scharfenberger will be ordained and installed on April 20 at 2 p.m. In the meantime, he will be working to wrap things up at his parish in Brooklyn.
MIKE McMAHON - ..., 18 Feb 2015 [cached]
MIKE McMAHON - MMcMAHON@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM, Edward B. Scharfenberger first Ash Wednesday as the Bishop of Albany at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, Wedesday February 18, 2015
ALBANY >> Bishop Edward Scharfenberger spent his first Ash Wednesday as head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany preaching about purpose.
However, The purpose of it is not to make us feel miserable, but blessed and graced, said Scharfenberger, who was ordained last April just before Easter as Albanys tenth bishop.
Instead of abstaining from the normal luxuries, Scharfenberger suggested spending more time in prayer. Its good for us to take the time to reflect, Ash Wednesday and all of Lent, he said wearing his purple Lenten vestments.
Furthermore, the bishop asked the parish not to focus on themselves during the season, but rather the Lord. Lent is all about Jesus and his mercy and his love and his forgiveness, he said during his homily.
As the bishop began his first full Lenten season in his new role, he, like many others, sported the sign of the cross on his forehead.
Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous years Palm Sunday. The ashes are used to mark the faces of parishioners with the holy symbol, given with the words Repent, and believe in the Gospel.
Scharfenberger made sure to remind those who came to Wednesdays Mass what the ashes represent.
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