The Most Rev. Howard J. Hubbard, D.D.
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard is the ninth Bishop of Albany. Ordained in 1963 at the Church of St. Ignatius in Rome, Italy, he was appointed as Bishop of Albany in 1977. Prior to his appointment, he served as Administrator of the Diocese, Vicar General, Priest Personnel Director, Director of the Office of Pastoral Planning, and multiple pastoral positions within the Albany Diocese.
Bishop Hubbard’s service has extended far beyond the Church. He is co-founder of Hope House Drug Rehabilitation Facility, President of Urban League of Albany, Episcopal Liaison to the National Catholic AIDS Network, co-chair of the New York State Labor/Religion Coalition, President of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty, President of LIVCORP, and has been a member of many social services organizations throughout the region. In 1980 he was a delegate to the White House Conference on the Family, and has served as a representative to many national religious organizations. In 1983, Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Hubbard a member of the international Secretariat for Non-Believers. He recently served as Chair of the National Catholic Bishop’s Committee on International Justice and Peace and formerly served as Chair of the Bishops Committees for Marriage and Family Life, Human Values, and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
A graduate of the La Salle Institute in Troy and Catholic University in Washington, he attended Seminary at The Gregorian University in Rome. Bishop Hubbard has received honorary degrees from Saint Rose, Siena College, Niagara University, St. Bernard’s Institute, and St. John’s University. His awards and honors include the Citizens Laureate Award from the University at Albany, the Golden Heart Award from Temple Beth El, B’nai B’rith Youth Services Award, Four Chaplains Brotherhood Award from the Jewish War Veterans, The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith’s Americanism Award, Temple Israel’s Circle of Humanity Award, and Temple Beth Emeth’s Fear to Friendship Award and the Sr. Bernard Catherine Cox Leadership Award from St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam.