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Three diocesan schools turning focus to pre-K
Three elementary schools across the Albany Diocese will be expanding their pre-kindergarten programs in response to increased interest in their communities, while also making adjustments to the older elementary grades as a result of shifting demographics.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hoosick Falls parish mulls options in wake of 2017 flood damage
As Immaculate Conception parish in Hoosick Falls continues to recover from last summer's devastating flood damage, parishioners are deliberating whether it's best to repair their church or relocate.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Diocese launches new website
Last week, the Albany Diocese launched a redesigned website in an effort to streamline existing information, provide more intuitive navigation and create moments of "encounter" for visitors to www.rcda.org.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Local DACA recipient dreams of a secure future in the U.S.
At the age of two, "Anna" (name withheld for privacy) was brought to the United States by her parents from Durango, Mexico. Her father knew there were not many opportunities for work in Durango and wanted better opportunities for his family.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Catholic Conference opposes N.Y. budget bill on abortion
The New York State Catholic Conference published a memorandum of opposition on state budget bill S.7511/A.9511, part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "women's agenda" article VII bill that relates to late-term abortion expansion in New York.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Hundreds from Diocese attend March for Life events
The annual March for Life is held on the anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion. Each year, hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers gather in D.C., including hundreds of Catholics from the Albany Diocese.
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Changes at Maginn proving successful
When Bishop Maginn High School in Albany changed the focus of its curriculum last year, officials did not expect the level of success the school has experienced.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

LaSalle alum wins major piano prize
In November, Ryan Reilly, a 25-year-old Delmar native and alumnus of LaSalle Institute in Troy, became the first American to take home the prestigious Frenchilla-Zuloaga international piano prize.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Albany diocesan Catholic Schools Office and Diocesan School Board have announced the recipients of this year's Catholic school awards. The honors go to individuals who espouse the characteristics of an award named for a particular saint or individual.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

On the death of James 'JJ' Hanson
James "JJ" Hanson, an outspoken advocate for patients rights and against physician-assisted suicide, died of brain cancer Dec. 30 at the age of 36. Mr. Hanson, a Hudson Valley resident, retired Marine and one-time member of the administration of former Gov. David Paterson, leaves behind his wife, Kristen, and two young sons, James and Lucas.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

School aid veto disappoints
Last week, the New York State Catholic Conference was informed that Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed legislation (S.6089) that would have averted cuts in state reimbursements to Catholic and other non-public schools. The cuts are based on the state changing a nearly four-decade-old formula for calculating reimbursement.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Top local 2017 headlines
Here is a review of major news items about the Albany Diocese that appeared in The Evangelist during the 12 months of 2017.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Coming soon to a parish near you: live-streamed Masses
On the third day, God created live-streaming.
Maybe it wasn't that easy. Yet, for many parishes across the Albany Diocese, the prospect of live-streaming Christmas and Sunday Masses on a regular basis for homebound or ill parishioners is becoming a reality

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Former parish's crèche lives on in Troy display
St. Mary's parish in Troy closed in 2010, but one feature of the church continues to be an important part of the city's holiday season: its Nativity scene.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

New York State Police have informed St. Mary's Institute in Amsterdam that John D. Salisbury, a volunteer after-school coach for the girls' junior basketball team, was arrested Dec. 14,
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Christmas Day falls on a Monday this year, so Christmas Eve is the fourth Sunday of Advent. The fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Day are separate days of obligation. Mass-goers should not merge the two.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Joe, Amanda and Finnley Thouin portray Joseph, Mary and Jesus for "The Christmas Story" at Our Lady of the Assumption parish in Latham.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

WHEN REV. THOMAS MORRETTE became pastor of St. Mary's parish in Glens Falls not long ago, he brought along a tradition from other parishes he'd served: a Christmas party after a Sunday Mass during Advent for the children of the parish.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

North Country Ministry fights ever-present Adirondack poverty
Last Christmas, a single father stopped at North Country Ministry to pick up donated Christmas presents for his five-year-old son. As he accepted the gifts, he couldn't look the NCM caseworker in the eye -- but he pulled a $5 bill out of his pocket and held it out to her.
"This is the last money I have, but I have to do something for the ministry, after you've done so much for my son," he said.

Thursday, December 14, 2017


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