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Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany

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Diocese of Albany
Dioecesis Albanensis
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.svg
Country United States of America
TerritoryCounties of Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Fulton, southern Herkimer, Greene, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington
Ecclesiastical provinceNew York
Metropolitan40 North Main Avenue
Albany, New York
Area10,419 sq mi (26,990 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of December 2012)
330,000 (23.7%)
Parishes129 (with 2 apostolates)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedApril 23, 1847 by Pope Pius IX
CathedralCathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Patron saintSt. Mary
Current leadership
BishopEdward Bernard Scharfenberger
Bishop of Albany
Metropolitan ArchbishopTimothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
Emeritus BishopsHoward James Hubbard
Bishop Emeritus of Albany
Diocese of Albany map 1.png
Bishop of Albany
Edward Bernard Scharfenberger
Ecclesiastical provinceArchdiocese of New York
First incumbentJohn McCloskey
EstablishedApril 23, 1847
DioceseDiocese of Albany
CathedralCathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Albany, New York)
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany (Latin: Dioecesis Albanensis) covers all or part of 14 counties in Eastern New York (Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Fulton, Greene, southern Herkimer, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington Counties). Its Mother Church is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the city of Albany.


Initially the diocese was part of the Archdiocese of New York. It became a diocese in its own right on April 23, 1847.

Territorial losses

Date Reason
15 February 1872 to form the Diocese of Ogdensburg
26 November 1886 to form the Diocese of Syracuse


The following is a list of the Ordinaries (Bishops of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany) and their periods of service.

  1. John McCloskey (1847-1864), appointed Coadjutor Bishop and later Bishop and Archbishop of New York (elevated to Cardinal in 1875)
  2. John J. Conroy (1865-1877)
  3. Francis McNeirny (1877-1894)
  4. Thomas Martin Aloysius Burke (1894-1915)
  5. Thomas Cusack (1915-1918)
  6. Edmund Gibbons (1919-1954)
  7. William Scully (1954-1969)
  8. Edwin Broderick (1969-1976)
  9. Howard J. Hubbard (1977-2014)
  10. Edward Bernard Scharfenberger (2014-present)[1]

Coadjutor Bishops

Auxiliary Bishop

Other priests of this diocese who became bishops

During their terms as bishops of Albany, the first five named were accorded the title "Right Reverend" because the American church was still considered a province. From Bishop Gibbons on, they have been entitled "Most Reverend". John McCloskey was "Most Reverend" after his move to New York, where he later became "His Eminence". Six of Albany's deceased Bishops are buried in a crypt beneath the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. John McCloskey is interred beneath St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, and Bishop Broderick is buried in a family plot in Westchester County.


Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

The cathedral, located on Madison Avenue at Eagle Street in Albany, was completed in 1852 and consecrated by the Most Reverend John Hughes, Archbishop of New York. The first bishop, John McCloskey, was coadjutor bishop of New York with succession rights. This is why he left upon Archbishop Hughes' death in 1865. The Cathedral has a stone exterior. It has the appearance of a stone interior but in fact it is of plaster and lath construction, painted to look like stone. This method was used to save time as McCloskey wanted to get the Cathedral finished in order to prove that the Catholic Church in America was permanent. Originally there was a flat wall at the back of the Cathedral in the area of the Lady window. This window, which depicts scenes in the life of the Virgin Mary, was later moved to the North transept when the semicircular sanctuary was added.

There is a door in the ceiling of the crypt so that the coffins may be lowered directly into it after the Solemn Requiem of the Bishop. This door, however, was not quite big enough for the ornate, modern coffin that contained Bishop Scully. As a result, those officiating had to remove his body from the coffin, carry it down the stairs, take the coffin apart to feed it through the door and then reassemble it and restore the body. The crypt cannot be seen from above because it is hidden by floor tiles which have to be removed to gain access.

The Cathedral underwent a US $30M restoration project which started in 2000 with a date of completion being 2009.

Tours are offered of the Cathedral.


The current President of the Diocesan School Board is Carolyn Kelly.

Diocesan Secondary Schools
School Location Grades Enrollment: 2016-17 Enrollment 2017-18 Notes
Bishop Maginn High School Albany, NY 9-12 95 114
Catholic Central High School Troy, NY 7-12 341 317
Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons Schenectady, NY 6-12 283 285
Saratoga Central Catholic High School Saratoga Springs, NY 6-12 239 225
Private Secondary/Elementary Schools
School Location Grades Enrollment: 2016/2017 Enrollment 2017-18 Notes
Academy of the Holy Names Albany, NY 6-12 238 233 Independent; Not run by Diocese
Christian Brothers Academy Albany, NY 5-12 517 553 Independent; Not run by Diocese
La Salle Institute Troy, NY 6-12 372 357 Independent; Not run by Diocese
St. Gregory's School Loudonville, NY PreK-8 101 109 Independent; Not run by Diocese
Diocesan Elementary Schools
School Location Grades Enrollment: 2016-17 Enrollment: 2017-18 Notes
All Saints Catholic Academy Albany, NY PreK-8 165 186 Formerly known as Holy Cross School. Re-named after merger of Holy Cross School and St. Teresa of Avila School.
Blessed Sacrament School Albany, NY PreK-8 172 164
Holy Spirit School East Greenbush, NY PreK-8 215 154
Mater Christi School Albany, NY PreK-8 256 216 Formerly known as St. Catherine of Siena School. Re-named after merger of St. Catherine and St. Teresa of Avila churches.
Sacred Heart School Troy, NY PreK-6 165 151
St. Ambrose School Latham, NY PreK-8 187 160 Discontinuing 7th and 8th grades after 2017-18 school year.[2]
St. Clements Regional Catholic School Saratoga Springs, NY PreK-5 229 199
St. Francis de Sales Regional Catholic School Herkimer, NY PreK-6 76 49 Discontinuing grades 1-6 after 2017-18 school year.[3]
St. Jude the Apostle School Wynantskill, NY PreK-6 203 140
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish School Niskayuna, NY PreK-5 255 224 Formerly named St. Helen's. Re-named after merger of St. Helen's and Our Lady of Fatima churches.
St. Madeleine Sophie School Schenectady, NY PreK-8 179 175
St. Mary's Academy Hoosick Falls, NY PreK-8 77 69 Discontinuing 7th and 8th grades after 2017-18 school year.[4]
St. Mary's Institute Amsterdam, NY PreK-8 178 175
St. Mary's School Ballston Spa, NY PreK-5 163 147
St. Mary's School Waterford, NY PreK-8 222 212
St. Mary's/St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic School Glens Falls, NY PreK-8 205 195
St. Pius X School Loudonville, NY PreK-8 654 613
St. Thomas the Apostle Delmar, NY PreK-8 235 207

Enrollment data for the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 school year was obtained from New York State Department of Education Non-Public Enrollment[5]


  • St. Peter's Hospital, Albany
  • Samaritan/St. Mary's, Troy



Diocesan cemeteries

  • Calvary Cemetery – Glenmont
  • Holy Cross Cemetery – Niskayuna
  • Immaculate Conception – Colonie
  • Most Holy Redeemer – Rotterdam
  • Our Lady of Angels – Colonie
  • Our Lady Help of Christians – Glenmont
  • St. Agnes – Cohoes
  • St. Agnes – Menands
  • St. Anthony – Glenville
  • St Jean de Baptiste – Troy (Brunswick)
  • St. John's – Troy (Lansingburgh)
  • St. Joseph – Waterford
  • St. Mary's – Troy
  • St. Patrick's – Watervliet
  • SS. Cyril and Methodius – Rotterdam

Catholic radio serving the Diocese

WOPG 1460 AM in Albany; simulcast on WOPG-FM 89.9 in Esperance

See also

External links


  1. ^ "New Bishop for Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany" (PDF). Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 28, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "Three diocesan schools  turning focus to pre-K - The Evangelist". Retrieved 2018-03-11. line feed character in |title= at position 24 (help)
  3. ^ "Three diocesan schools  turning focus to pre-K - The Evangelist". Retrieved 2018-03-11. line feed character in |title= at position 24 (help)
  4. ^ "Three diocesan schools  turning focus to pre-K - The Evangelist". Retrieved 2018-03-11. line feed character in |title= at position 24 (help)
  5. ^ "NYSED:IRS:NonPublic School Enrollment and Staff". Retrieved 2018-03-04.

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