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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]

Edward Bernard Scharfenberger
Bishop of Albany
Scharfenberger at his installation in 2014.
ArchdioceseNew York
AppointedFebruary 11, 2014
InstalledApril 10, 2014
PredecessorHoward James Hubbard
OrdinationJuly 2, 1973
by James Aloysius Hickey
ConsecrationApril 10, 2014
by Timothy M. Dolan, Howard James Hubbard, and Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio
Personal details
Born (1948-05-29) May 29, 1948 (age 71)
Brooklyn, New York
DenominationRoman Catholic
ParentsEdward and Elaine Scharfenberger
Previous postPastor of St. Matthias Ridgewood, Queens
Styles of
Edward Bernard Scharfenberger
Coat of arms of Edward Bernard Scharfenberger.svg
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop


Early life and educationEdit

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.[citation needed]

Ordination and ministryEdit

Scharfenberger received his priestly ordination July 2, 1973 in St. Peter's Basilica at the hands of Bishop James Hickey, 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.[citation needed]

Bishop of AlbanyEdit

On February 11, 2014, Pope Francis appointed Scharfenberger 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 Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, on April 10, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.[1]


On September 29, 2018 Bishop Scharfenberger was invested as a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre with the rank of Grand Officer (Knight Commander with Star) by the Grand Master Edwin Cardinal O'Brien at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.[citation needed]


See alsoEdit


  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. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 28, 2014. 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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