ALBANY, N.Y. - The leader of the Capital Region's Roman Catholic community celebrated a milestone Sunday. Bishop Howard Hubbard was honored for his 50th year in the priesthood.
A native of Troy, Hubbard became the youngest bishop in America back in 1977, when he was ordained the Bishop of Albany at just 38-years-old.
"To be named Bishop in my home diocese, and to be able to work where I'm a native, it's been a real joy...and I've never looked for anything beyond that," Hubbard said. "There was a great deal of pride and joy, that a native bishop had finally been chosen. It didn't have to be me, but the fact that it was one from the diocese was received very well."
A special Catholic Mass on Sunday was attended by numerous dignitaries including the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan and former Archbishop Edward Egan.
As his 75th birthday approaches, church law requires Hubbard to submit his letter of resignation to the Vatican in Rome.
The bishop said he will continue to pray for his diocese.
"I pray that our Diocese may continue to be in the future, as it has been since 1847, such a beautiful and effective instrument for fostering personal, social, educational, cultural and spiritual growth in our midst."