Discover the Diocese of Albany

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany (LatinDioecesis Albanensis) covers all or part of 14 counties in Eastern New York (AlbanyColumbiaDelawareFultonGreene,MontgomeryOtsegoRensselaerSaratogaSchenectadySchoharieWarrenWashington, and southern Herkimer Counties). Its motherchurch is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the city of Albany.


Initially the diocese was part of the Archdiocese of New York. It became a diocese in its own right on April 23, 1847.

Territorial losses

Date Reason
15 February 1872 to form the Diocese of Ogdensburg
26 November 1886 to form the Diocese of Syracuse


The following is a list of the Roman Catholic Bishops of the Diocese of Albany and their periods of service.

During their terms as bishops of Albany, the first five named were accorded the title "Right Reverend" because the American church was still considered a province. From Bishop Gibbons on, they have been entitled "Most Reverend". John McCloskey was "Most Reverend" after his move to New York, where he later became "His Eminence". Six of Albany's deceased Bishops are buried in a crypt beneath the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. John McCloskey is interred beneath St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, and Bishop Broderick is buried in a family plot in Westchester County.

Affiliated bishops


There are fourteen deaneries in the diocese:

  1. Albany City
  2. Albany Suburban
  3. Columbia
  4. Delaware/Otsego
  5. Fulton/Montgomery
  6. Greene
  7. Herkimer
  8. Northern Albany
  9. Northern Rensselaer
  10. Saratoga
  11. Schenectady
  12. Schoharie
  13. Southern Rensselaer
  14. Warren/Washington


Further information: List of parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Main article: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany

The cathedral, located on Madison Avenue at Eagle Street in Albany, was completed in 1852 and consecrated by the Most Reverend John Hughes, Archbishop of New York. The first bishop, John McCloskey, was coadjutor bishop of New York with succession rights. This is why he left upon Archbishop Hughes' death in 1865. The Cathedral has a stone exterior. It has the appearance of a stone interior but in fact it is of plaster and lath construction, painted to look like stone. This method was used to save time as McCloskey wanted to get the Cathedral finished in order to prove that the Catholic Church in America was permanent. Originally there was a flat wall at the back of the Cathedral in the area of the Lady window. This window, which depicts scenes in the life of the Virgin Mary, was later moved to the North transept when the semicircular sanctuary was added.

There is a door in the ceiling of the crypt so that the coffins may be lowered directly into it after the Solemn Requiem of the Bishop. This door, however, was not quite big enough for the ornate, modern coffin that contained Bishop Scully. As a result, those officiating had to remove his body from the coffin, carry it down the stairs, take the coffin apart to feed it through the door and then reassemble it and restore the body. The crypt cannot be seen from above because it is hidden by floor tiles which have to be removed to gain access.

The Cathedral is currently[when?] undergoing a US$30M restoration project which started in 2000 with the then-expected date of completion being 2009.

Tours are offered of the Cathedral.[citation needed]


The President of the Diocesan School Board is Stephen Towne

Elementary schools

Secondary schools


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