Pope Francis has made two appointments this morning to diocesan sees here in the United States.
The Holy Father has appointed the new bishop of Rockville Centre, Msgr. Andrzej J. Zglejszewski. Bishop-elect Zglejszewski (yes that is his name’s spelling!) was born in Bialystok, Poland in 1961. He studied philosophy and theology in Bialystok, then moved to the United States where he continued his theological studies, obtaining a Master of Arts in Theology at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in 1990. He was ordained a priest in 1990 for the diocese of Rockville Centre. He has held various positions since then in the diocese, including professor at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and instructor for the permanent diaconate program. He speaks numerous languages including English, Polish, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian and French.
The Holy Father has appointed the new bishop of Albany, New York, Msgr. Edward B. Scharfenberger. Bishop-elect Scharfenberger was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1948, attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and the Alphonsian in that city, graduating with a bachelor’s in theology and a licentiate in Moral Theology. He then got his licentiate in Canon Law at the Catholic University of America, and his civil law degree from Fordam University. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Brooklyn in 1973, and has held various positions in that diocese since then. He speaks multiple languages including English, German, Italian, Spanish, French and Polish.
Congratulations, Dioceses of Albany and Rockville Centre!