Howard Hubbard

The Most Reverend
Howard J. Hubbard
Bishop of Albany
Province New York
Diocese Albany
Installed March 27, 1977
Term ended incumbent
Predecessor Edwin B. Broderick
Ordination December 18, 1963
by Martin John O'Connor
Consecration March 27, 1977
by Terence Cooke, Edwin B. Broderick, and Edward J. Maginn
Personal details
Born (1938-10-31) October 31, 1938 (age 75)
Troy, New York
Nationality  American
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Styles of
Howard Hubbard
Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

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

Early life and ministry

Howard Hubbard was born in Troy, New York, to Howard and Elizabeth Hubbard. He attended La Salle Institute, and entered Mater Christi Seminary in 1956. He furthered his studies at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers and the Pontifical North American College and Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. While in Rome, Hubbard was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Martin O'Connor on December 18, 1963.[1]

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

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 Cardinal Terence Cooke, with Bishops Edwin B. Broderick and Edward Joseph Maginn serving as co-consecrators.

Appointed by Pope John Paul II to the Vatican's Secretariat for Non-Believers, he is a supporter of ecumenism, serving as Roman Catholic Co-chair of the Oriental Orthodox-Roman Catholic Consultation. Under his episcopacy, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany has had a very active Roman-Catholic-Jewish dialogue, and has been at the forefront of efforts to achieve a good working relationship between the Roman Catholic Diocese and the Jewish community. He has been a leader in pro-life efforts, suing to prevent an abortion clinic from opening in Albany and serving as president of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty.

As of 2013, Hubbard's tenure as bishop is the longest tenure in the Diocese's history, at 36 years. The previous record was 35 years belonging to Edmund Gibbons, who served for 35 years.[2] Hubbard's tenure as Bishop will end in late 2013 when he retires upon his 75th birthday; at that time, he will have been the diocese's longest-tenured bishop. Hubbard is considered to be one of the most liberal bishops in the United States.[3]

Abuse affairs

On March 19, 2011, Hubbard placed three retired priests on administrative leave and removed another from the ministry after receiving allegations of child sexual abuse.[4]

Communion Controversy

In March 2011, Hubbard gave an interview in which he explained that he would not deny communion to New York's Governor, Andrew Cuomo.[5] Critics of the bishop have argued that Cuomo should be denied communion either for his pro-choice and pro-gay marriage political positions, his cohabitation with a girlfriend, or both.

Episcopal succession


External links

  • Diocese of Albany
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Edwin Broderick
Bishop of Albany
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