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Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
May 12, 2017
For immediate release

Bishop Scharfenberger Announces Pastoral and Administrative Assignments, Including Vicar General, Cathedral Administrator, and Superintendent of Schools

Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has announced the following pastoral and administrative assignments:

Father David Berberian has been named Pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Delmar, effective July 1. He will step down as Vicar General, a position he has held since 2015, but will continue as Vicar for Clergy with the assistance of Father James Ebert, who will continue to serve as Pastor of Mater Christi Parish in Albany. Prior to his appointment as Vicar General, Father Berberian served as Pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Albany, St. Thomas the Apostle in Delmar, and Christ the King in Westmere. He has also served on the Diocesan Tribunal, as Administrative Advocate for Priests, and as Associate Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Glenville and St. Mary’s Church in Crescent.

Father David R. LeFort has been appointed Vicar General of the Diocese and Administrator of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, effective July 1. Father LeFort, who has served as Pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Clinton Heights since 2007, succeeds Father Michael A. Farano as Administrator of the Cathedral. Prior to his appointment to St. Mary’s, Father LeFort served as Pastor of Our Lady of Hope in Whitehall and St. Ann’s Church in Fort Ann and as associate Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Latham. Father LeFort is a moral theologian, chair of the diocesan Presbyteral Council and an adjunct professor at Siena College.

The search for a new Pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Clinton Heights will begin immediately.

Father Brian Kelly has been appointed Pastor of St. Ambrose Church in Latham, effective May 27. Father Kelly, who was ordained by Bishop Scharfenberger on June 18, 2016, is currently Parochial Vicar at Blessed Sacrament Church in Albany. He has a background in business and served in that capacity in several parishes in the Diocese before becoming a priest.

Giovanni Virgiglio has been named Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese, effective May 15. Mr. Virgiglio has served as Interim Superintendent since Jan. 1 and as Associate Superintendent since 2015. A product and graduate of the Diocese of Albany’s Catholic schools, Mr. Virgiglio is the first “homegrown” superintendent to serve the Diocese. Before his appointment as Associate Superintendent, he served as principal of St. Mary’s Institute in Amsterdam and was a teacher at St. Casimir’s Regional School in Albany.