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The Evangelist
Thursday, July 19, 2018


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  • How Catholics can avoid being victimized by scams

    Catholics across the Albany Diocese are being contacted by alleged tax collectors, computer software companies or government agencies. These are not legitimate calls; the callers are scammers, and parishioners everywhere are potential victims.

  • Bishop names new chancellor, pastors, parish life coordinators
    Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has appointed Giovanni Virgiglio, diocesan superintendent of schools, to the position of diocesan chancellor. In addition, Bishop Scharfenberger announced several pastoral and administrative assignments.
  • Hispanic/Latino Catholics gather for Encuentro in Albany

    The Albany Diocese was proud to be the site where the 2018 Regional V Encuentro was held June 22-24. The Regional V Encuentro was part of a series of meetings that are being held over the next four years, discerning how to better connect with and involve the Hispanic and Latino Catholic community in the Church. The Albany event drew more than 300 delegates from the eight dioceses in New York State.

  • Doctor-turned-chaplain is new St. Bernard’s grad
    After 25 years in medicine, Dr. Joseph Lalka, a retired family physician from Columbia County, is one of this year’s graduates from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Albany, the Diocese’s graduate school for theology.
  • WALKING WITH JESUS THROUGH STREETS OF ALBANY
    A DIOCESAN EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION led by Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, celebrating the feast of Corpus Christi (the body and blood of Christ), invited Catholics from across the Diocese to gather last weekend at Albany's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
  • Program teaches life skills for people fighting poverty

    Rosanna Castro choked back tears as she delivered a speech to her fellow graduates May 16 at the diocesan Pastoral Center in Albany. Ms. Castro is one of 13 graduates from the second class of “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World,” a program offered through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany.

  • Police memorial Mass includes dedication of ‘Father Lefebvre Way’
    The 32nd annual memorial Mass for deceased members of the law enforcement community was offered May 8 at St. Mary’s parish in Albany by Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger. Police officers, law enforcement representatives and relatives from across New York State came to honor their fallen colleagues and loved ones.
  • MARCH SUPPORTS IMMIGRANTS
    CATHOLICS PARTICIPATED IN a walk titled, "No Borders for Workers," held May 1 in Albany. The event included an outdoor interfaith prayer vigil and a walk to the city's Townsend Park to show solidarity with local immigrants.
  • Help honor vets by placing flags on graves
    On Memorial Day, fallen soldiers and war veterans who rest at St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands will be honored with American flags placed on their graves. However, the tradition could become a thing of the past without more volunteers offering to help.
  • ‘Heart of Nuba’ tells of Catholic doc’s service, selflessness
    In the new documentary, “The Heart of Nuba,” an inspiring true story is told about Dr. Tom Catena, an American physician at Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. Dr. Catena is a native of Amsterdam in the Albany Diocese.



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