ALBANY - Bishop-elect Edward Scharfenberger is the next leader of the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese.
The 65-year-old priest and lawyer comes from the Brooklyn Diocese.
"I like to learn. It's one of the things I like," he said. "I like to hear and to be a good learner. You have to be a good listener. So challenge me to be a good listener, to hear where you want to see the church to go, to give me the guidance and support to take you as your leader where God wants us to go."
He recently served as pastor of St. Matthias Church, which is a large multi-ethnic parish in Queens. During this time he was also a member of the Diocesan Review Board for Sexual Abuse of Minors.
He speaks French, Italian, German and Spanish.
He will be replacing Bishop Howard Hubbard who led the diocese for 37 years and was required to submit his resignation when he turned 75 in October.