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Why the Diocese welcomes 'second-career priests'
"Having already lived a life that has been full of joys and sorrows, I'm better able to identify with parishioners' lives," said Rev. F. Richard Lesser, pastor of Corpus Christi parish in Round Lake.
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Catholic Charities pushes back against domestic violence
"It's different for everybody," says Allyssa, an advocate with the domestic violence program at Catholic Charities of Herkimer County.
Allyssa's last name is being withheld for privacy reasons, as are the names of her clients, but their stories are harrowing.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Autumn Diocesan Gathering: boosting faith, with a focus on mercy
The Autumn Diocesan Gathering will be held Oct. 22 at LaSalle Institute in Troy. David Amico, director of the diocesan Office of Ministry Formation, describes the annual event as "a cross between a retreat day and a workshop day."
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Watervliet parish hosts 'Welcome Back Weekend'
Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Watervliet wants to build bridges that will reach fallen-away parishioners.
Thursday, October 13, 2016

'Faithful Citizenship' is only approved Catholic voter guide
The Albany Diocese has issued the following statement.
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Landon looks back at meeting pope
When 11-year-old Landon LaChance met Pope Francis Sept. 7, he was literally speechless.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chatham Catholics help lay fallen Marine to rest
For more than seven decades, PFC George Traver's family has been working to get his remains returned home.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Local priest in Rome for Mother Teresa's canonization
"If she hadn't sent me to Mexico, I wouldn't be a priest," says Rev. Silvaster Sarihaddula, pastor of St. John the Worker parish in West Winfield/Richfield Springs, of newly-canonized St. Teresa of Kolkata.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Rensselaer revs up to honor Padre Pio
St. Padre Pio's feast day is coming up. St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph's parish in Rensselaer, which has a strong Italian history, celebrates St. Pio every September with a memorial and feast in his honor.
Thursday, September 8, 2016

KATHLEEN GALLAGHER, director of pro-life activities for the New York State Catholic Conference (the public policy arm of the state's bishops), shared a treasured possession: a 1988 letter from Mother Teresa.
Thursday, September 8, 2016

TV Mass ends after 50 years
The "Table of the Lord" televised Mass debuted in the Albany Diocese Jan. 8, 1967. On Sept. 18, 2016, the Mass will be broadcast on TV for the last time.
Instead, as of Sept. 25, the Diocese plans to begin live-streaming a weekly Mass through its website, www.rcda.org.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Summit on the Family scheduled for October
The Albany Diocese has planned a Summit on the Family, to be held Oct. 1, 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville.
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Local author profiles Olympian who made history in 1936
Michael Burgess of St. Vincent de Paul parish in Albany isn't sure when he first heard about Jack Shea, the 1932 Olympic gold medalist in 500-meter and 1500-meter speed skating.
But the Olympian's story, he says, "was so good it had to be told. That's why I wrote it."

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Rev. Michael Gaitley, MIC, will be with us once again at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany on Sept. 6, 6 p.m., to help us prepare for diocesan consecration to the Divine Mercy Nov. 13. He will also visit three other venues in the Diocese.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Diocese's accreditation a first in New York State
In a couple of months, the Albany Diocese is set to become the first diocese in New York State to achieve accreditation for not just all 22 of its Catholic schools, but the school system itself.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Local efforts to fight pornography addiction
Addiction to pornography does profound damage not only to those who struggle with it, but also to their families and loved ones. That includes Catholics.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

WHEN MIKE PIAZZA came to Cooperstown last weekend to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the former New York Mets player, a Catholic, also attended 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass at St. Mary's Church.
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Local police, chaplains, black Catholics react to shootings
"There are some times when I shudder to turn on the news in the morning," said Kim Harris, liturgical consultant for the Office of Black Ministry in the Archdiocese of New York.
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Board member hopes LGBTQ+ support group will become unnecessary
"There was never any dichotomy for me [between] being Catholic and having a gay child," declared Penny Smith-Bogert of St. Matthew's parish in Voorheesville.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Adirondack churches will host 'Vacation Reconciliation Week'
Rev. John O'Kane is jumping on the bandwagon to sponsor a 24-hour "marathon of confessions" at four parishes in the Adirondack Mountains for the Church's Year of Mercy.
Thursday, June 23, 2016


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