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Retired Bishop Hubbard of Albany is hospitalized after suffering major stroke

Retired Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, N.Y. is seen in this 2013 file photo. The Diocese of Albany announced that Bishop Hubbard died Aug. 19, 2023, after having suffered a massive stroke earlier in the week. (OSV News photo/Nate Whitchurch, via Diocese of Albany)

By The Evangelist Staff

ALBANY, N.Y. (OSV News) — Retired Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany has been hospitalized at Albany Medical Center after suffering a major stroke this week.

“Please pray for Bishop Howard Hubbard. I received news that he is currently hospitalized at Albany Medical Center. Our chaplains have visited him and anointed him. We do not have further detail at this time but will update you as information comes in,” Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger said in a statement Aug. 18. “I urge you to offer prayer, find strength in God, and know that He walks with us. Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear. I am with you: do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”

Bishop Hubbard, who also suffered a stroke last year after he was involved in a minor car accident, had recently announced that was married in a civil ceremony after the Vatican had denied his request to be laicized.

Bishop Hubbard — who was just 38 when he was ordained Bishop of Albany in 1977, making him the youngest bishop in the United States at the time — has been tainted by scandal in the later part of his tenure as bishop and in his retirement.

Watch your local Catholic news source for the full story.

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