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Howard James Hubbard (born October 31, 1938) is an Americanmarker prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the ninth and current Bishop of Albany.

Early life and ministry

Howard Hubbard was born in Troymarker, New Yorkmarker, to Howard and Elizabeth Hubbard. He attended La Salle Institutemarker, and entered Mater Christi Seminary in 1956. He furthered his studies at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkersmarker and the Pontifical North American College and Pontifical Gregorian Universitymarker in Romemarker. While in Rome, Hubbard was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Martin O'Connor on December 18, 1963.

Upon his return to the United Statesmarker, he served as associate pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Schenectadymarker and at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albanymarker. He then did his graduate studies in social services at the Catholic University of Americamarker in Washington, D.C.marker

Episcopal career

On February 2, 1977, Hubbard was appointed Bishop of Albany by Pope Paul VI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following March 27 from Terence Cardinal Cooke, with Bishops Edwin Broderick and Edward Maginn serving as co-consecrators.

Appointed by Pope John Paul II to the Vatican's Secretariat for Non-Believers, supporter of ecumenism. He has been a leader in pro-life efforts, for example, suing to prevent an abortion clinic from opening in Albany and serving as president of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty.

, Hubbard's tenure as bishop is the second-longest in the Diocese's history; the longest belonging to Edmund Gibbons, who served for 35 years.

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