A Brooklyn priest is headed upstate to run the Diocese of Albany.
Pope Francis has appointed Reverend Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger as the 10th bishop of the Albany Diocese, which has about 330,000 parishioners in 14 counties.
Scharfenberger has held a number of positions in New York City, including at the diocese in Brooklyn where he served as a pastor and as the vicar for planning.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn says Scharfenberger's experience as a civil and church lawyer makes him uniquely qualified.
"Bishop Scharfenberger because of his ability to analyze things has been a great help to the diocese of Brooklyn. We're sorry to lose him but again we're sharing our wealth with another diocese who was in need of a bishop," DiMarzio said.
He is replacing retiring Bishop Howard Hubbard, who has been Albany's bishop since 1977.
Hubbard is the longest-tenured bishop of a single diocese in the nation.