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Bishop Scharfenberger Appoints Father Matthew Frisoni as Judicial Vicar

May 3, 2019

Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has announced the following administrative appointment:

2019FrFrisoniHeadshot.jpgFather Matthew H. Frisoni, S.T.L., J.C.L., has been appointed Judicial Vicar of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, effective June 1. He succeeds Father James I. Donlon, J.C.D., who is retiring from full-time active ministry.

Father Frisoni also currently serves as the interim priest at two Schenectady parishes: Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Paul the Apostle. Ordained in 2005, his first assignment was to Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Green Island and Watervliet. He later went on to serve as pastor of St. Peter’s in Delhi and St. John the Baptist in Walton. Since 2013, he has served as a Judge of the Tribunal of the Diocese of Albany.

Born in Schenectady, Father Frisoni received his undergraduate degree in political science from Siena College and his master’s degree in political science from the State University of New York at Albany. He holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore and a Licentiate in Canon Law from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

The Bishop is the Chief Judge in his Diocese. He exercises judicial power either personally or through the Judicial Vicar, who constitutes one Tribunal with the diocesan Bishop. The Tribunal resolves judicial conflicts in the Catholic Church. In recent years, the ministry of the Tribunal has promoted justice and a path toward healing for those who have experienced the painful breakdown of their marriages.