By The Evangelist Staff
ALBANY (OSV News) — Retired Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany has been hospitalized at Albany Medical Center after suffering a major stroke Aug. 17.
“Please pray for Bishop Howard Hubbard. I received news that he is currently hospitalized at Albany Medical Center. Our chaplains have visited him and anointed him. We do not have further detail at this time but will update you as information comes in,” Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger said in a statement Aug. 18. “I urge you to offer prayer, find strength in God, and know that He walks with us. Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear. I am with you: do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”
Bishop Hubbard, who also suffered a stroke last year after he was involved in a minor car accident, had recently announced that was married in a civil ceremony after the Vatican had denied his request to be laicized.
Bishop Hubbard — who was just 38 when he was ordained Bishop of Albany in 1977, making him the youngest bishop in the United States at the time — has been tainted by scandal in the later part of his tenure as bishop and in his retirement.
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