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Bishop Scharfenberger Appoints Giovanni Virgiglo To Albany Diocesan Chancellor Post



Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has announced the appointment of Giovanni Virgiglio, diocesan Superintendent of Schools, to the position of diocesan Chancellor, effective July 1. Mr. Virgiglio will continue to serve as Superintendent as well.

“Only a person held in the highest esteem” is chosen for this position, Bishop Scharfenberger explained, noting the critical information that is entrusted to the Chancellor, a position required of every Diocese by the Code of Canon Law.

The diocesan Chancellor assists the Bishop by maintaining the diocesan archives, safeguarding and authenticating official documents, and drawing up written reports on the official government of the Diocese. The Chancellor also serves as the official notary on all documents issued by the Bishop, and disseminates information to clergy, parishes, and the Catholic faithful that may be beneficial to the people of the diocese.

“I am humbled to assume the duties of Chancellor in addition to my primary role as Superintendent of Catholic Schools,” said Mr. Virgiglio. “As a servant leader of our Diocese, I welcome the opportunity to expand my skill set, help preserve the Diocese of Albany’s storied history, and pen our next chapter in concert with my colleagues in ministry.”

Mr. Virgiglio was appointed diocesan Superintendent of Schools last May, after serving as Associate Superintendent and Interim Superintendent over a period of two years. Before joining the Catholic School Office in 2015, Mr. Virgiglio served as principal of St. Mary’s Institute in Amsterdam from 2008 to 2015 and taught at St. Casimir Regional School in Albany from 2003 to 2008. 

A graduate of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, Mr. Virgiglio received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Master of Science in Special Education 1-6, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Administration. He holds New York State certifications in elementary and special education, as well as building and district administration.

As Chancellor, Mr. Virgiglio succeeds Very Rev. Donald L. Rutherford, who will continue as Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese. 

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