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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany ( ) covers all or part of 14 counties in Eastern New Yorkmarker (Albany, Columbiamarker, Delawaremarker, Fultonmarker, Greenemarker, Montgomerymarker, Otsegomarker, Rensselaer, Saratogamarker, Schenectadymarker, Schohariemarker, Warrenmarker, Washingtonmarker, and southern Herkimer Countiesmarker). Its motherchurch is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conceptionmarker in the city of Albanymarker.


Initially the diocese was part of the Archdiocese of New York, but was established as a diocese on April 23, 1847. The present-day diocese was formed when territory was taken by the erection of the Dioceses of Ogdensburg and Syracuse.


The following is a list of the Roman Catholic Bishops of the Diocese of Albany (and their terms of service)

During their terms as bishops of Albany, the first 5 bishops of Albany were called "Right Reverend" because the American church was still considered a province. From Bishop Gibbons on, they are called "Most Reverend". Of course, John McCloskey was "Most Reverend" after his move to New York, where he later became "His Eminence". 6 of Albany's deceased Bishops are buried in a crypt beneath the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. John McCloskey is enterred beneath St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, and Bishop Broderick is buried in a family plot in Westchester County.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

The cathedral, located on Madison Avenue at Eagle Street in Albany, was completed in 1852 and consecrated by the Most Reverend John Hughes, Archbishop of New York. The first bishop, John McCloskey, was coadjutor bishop of New York with succession rights. This is why he left upon Archbishop Hughes' death in 1865. The Cathedral has a stone exterior and appears to have a stone interior, but does not. The inside of the Cathedral is actually plaster and lath, but was painted to look like stone. This was really a way to save time, as McCloskey wanted to get the Cathedral finished to prove that the Catholic Church in America was permanent. Originally, there was a flat wall at the back of the Cathedral, where the Lady window was. This window, which depicts scenes in the life of the Virgin Mary, was later moved to the North transept when the semicircular sanctuary was added.

The crypt underneath the cathedral has reportedly never been visited by Bishop Hubbard, but it contains six of his predecessors. There is a door in the ceiling of the crypt so that the coffins may be lowered directly into it after the Solemn Requiem of the Bishop. This door, however, was not quite big enough for the ornate, modern coffin that contained Bishop Scully. As a result, they wound up having to take him out of the coffin, carry him down the stairs, take the coffin apart to feed it through the door, and then reassemle it and put him back in. The crypt cannot be detected from above because some of the floor tiles have to be removed to get coffins into it.

The Cathedral is currently undergoing a $30M restoration project. The exterior renovation is well underway, and the interior is starting this year. It started in 2000 and is expected to be finished, if they can keep up the funds, by 2009.

Tours are offered of the Cathedral. [138798]

Sam Rodino Controversy

On October 24, 2009, then-Fr. Sam Rodino was removed and placed on suspension by the Diocese for Sexual Acts that occurred in 1982 while assigned to Blessed Sacrament parish in Albany. The wake of the controversy caused many individuals to come out in support, and against Mr. Rodino. As of October 31st, two victims have reported to the Diocese that Rodino abused them. One victim reported abuse in the 1990s, but his claim was unable to be substantiated and no action was taken against Rodino at the time. The second victim's claim of abuse in 1982 was made in the summer of 2009 and investigated by the diocese. The investigation resulted in the Bishop determining that "reasonable grounds" existed to believe the victim. A website has been created as an advocacy site for the victims called Rodino's Victims

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