From The Evangelist's interview with Bishop Hubbard just before his installation as Bishop, March 8, 1977... 'I think that the bishop has to be a man of prayer and a man of service.
I have always tried to live a rather simple lifestyle as a priest, and I would hope to continue that in my tenure of office as bishop. I think the most important thing
is what's within the heart of a person. If the person has a simplicity of lifestyle
within himself, then no matter what physical circumstances in which he finds
himself, that would come through.
'One of the most frightening things about being in a position of this responsibility...there's no way in which you can fully satisfy all [people's] expectations.
At times, they're contradictory. I've always tried to listen, to hear all sides
of a particular issue that's confronting us.
'As long as I can go to bed at night knowing that I've tried to understand the problem as best I could and then rendered the best decision I could with the information and the input that was available, then I'll be able to sleep in peace.
As long as I can look at myself in the mirror in the morning when I shave and say, 'Well, I've done the best I could under the circumstances,' then I guess
the Lord can't expect any more.
'I felt tremendously supported by the many expressions of encouragement and confidence I have received over the past month, and I only hope that I can measure up to the trust and confidence that has been placed in me. I will do the best I can to be accessible, to be approachable, to be available, and to try to facilitate the various gifts and ministries that I think the people of our Diocese have.'
From Bishop Hubbard's homily at his ordination and installation as bishop, March 27, 1977... 'Thank you first to Almighty God for the abundance of life He has bestowed and for the gift of sharing in His Son's priestly ministry. Thank you to our Holy Father, Pope Paul, for calling me to this office of service that is the episcopacy. Thank you to my family, whose love and sacrifice and ongoing support have always been the foundation of whatever I do in life. Thank you to my brother priests and many friends whose example and caring have taught me the meaning of God's love. And to all those communities and groupings of people with whom I have had the privilege to be associated and the opportunity to interact - the parish community at St. Patrick's, the Troy community, the seminary community, the people of the cathedral, St. John's and Our Lady of the Assumption, the South End community, the black community, the ecumenical community - and all of those smaller communities of persons at places like Hope House, Providence House, LIVCORP [hostels for the mentally handicapped] and the Maternity Center, thank you for showing me what life and love and Church are all about.
It is precisely the sense of community that I have experienced...that has influenced the motto I have chosen for my episcopal coat of arms, the theme that I would like to be interwoven through all that I do as a bishop..."Rejoice, we are His people."
I am convinced that this People of God concept and the sense of dignity, empowerment and responsibility it gives to each and every one of us is the key to the future of our Church and society....Every one of us has been called personally by the Lord to love and praise Him and to share His message and mission with others.
What a source of joy this should be for us...yet what an awesome responsibility it places on our shoulders...to reach out in service to others: the poor, the sick, the elderly, the divorced, the socially-alienated and all those in the community around us who hunger and thirst for God's Word and long for the healing touch of His love.
But if we are to do this, we must be faith-filled persons. We must truly appreciate what it means to be God's people.'