ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Albany Roman Catholic Diocese announced Reverend Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger of Brooklyn will succeed Howard Hubbard.
Scharfenberger was introduced during a press conference on Tuesday. He will take over for a the long-serving Hubbard, who submitted his letter of resignation in October on his 75th birthday. Hubbard lead the diocese for 37 years.
Pope Francis chose Scharfenberger based on recommendations from several other bishops.
"What I ask, very, very simple: help me to be myself. Help me to be my best self. And my pledge, my promise to you, is I’ll try to bring out the best out of you. Let’s just get to know each other, let’s walk together," said Scharfenberger.
Hubbard added, "I assure you of a warm and hospitable welcome on the part of the people in our diocese. I know they will be very attentive and responsive to your spiritual leadership as our new shepherd."
Scharfenberger is expected to be ordained on April 10.