On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, many of us gathered at The Church of St. Pius X in Loudonville, to celebrate Solemn Vespers in anticipation of the Episcopal Ordination of His Excellency the Most Reverend Edward B. Scharfenberger as the 10th bishop of Albany.
The service was beautifully orchestrated, and the music was lovely. In this bittersweet moment, when Bishop Emeritus Howard J. Hubbard steps aside to retirement, something that we have been anticipating for some time. (Not that he will be sitting around thinking about his next golf game!) However, if there was any doubt about the kind of leadership we should be expecting from our new shepherd, it was eradicated last night.
If I had to assign one word to describe Bishop-elect Scharfenberger it would be joyful. This joy seems to well up from within him. Yes, of course it is a special time, but I sense that this is his way of being. And the man can sing! Bishop Emeritus Hubbard, who often spoke of his not being much of a singer, made a very funny reference to this, and to many other warm and humorous things, during his homily.
A second word that I would use in reference to our soon to be bishop, would be humble. He seems so down to earth, so gracious, and very kind. I was truly struck by this.
Third, and perhaps most importantly, I would Continue reading