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Albany Diocese Responds to Governor’s Announcement On Church Reopenings, Invitation to Bishop to Join Advisory Board

May 20, 2020

Statement from Mary DeTurris Poust, director of communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany: 
 
“We are glad to hear that Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports the resumption of church gatherings on a limited basis. Our people are hungry for a return to their parish communities and this is a first step. Although the Diocese is not yet ready to open parishes for Sunday worship, we do believe this easing of restrictions will allow for baptisms, funerals and weddings to proceed, all while respecting social distancing requirements. The Diocese is moving forward with caution to ensure the safety of our parishioners and has asked parishes to submit reopening plans. Once we are confident that we are in a position to reopen in a safe and responsible manner, we will announce a date for the resumption of regular Masses.”
 
Statement from Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger in response to the invitation from Gov. Cuomo to be on the Interfaith Advisory Board: 
 
“I am pleased to accept Governor Cuomo’s invitation to serve on the Interfaith Advisory Board and look forward to working with faith leaders from around to state to discern best practices in houses of worship going forward.”
 
 
For our reopening guidelines, visit our COVID-19 resource page.