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Meet our Vocation Team

Born out of his great love for vocations Bishop Scharfenberger has assembled a vocation team to help promote and encourage vocations in the Diocese of Albany.

Vocation Director

Fr. Anthony F. Ligato
Vicar for Vocations
(518) 453-6690 - Office
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Fr. Rick Lesser

Assistant Vocations Director


  Fr. Brian Slezak

Assistant to Vicar for Vocations
(Region 1) Representative Southern Albany County, including City of Albany and Colonie and Southern and Western Suburbs. At large representative who is the contact for 16 - 20 year old Discerners

  Fr. Quy Vo

Director of International Seminarians


Vocations Team Regional Representatives

The Vicars for Vocations will assist the Vocations Director in the area of recruitment and discernment. The Vocations Director will meet with the Priests on a regular basis to plan out recruitment strategies for vocations, develop programs for discernment and support for those contemplating a priestly vocation. They will run the individual regional vocations discernment groups, meeting on a regular basis with those who are discerning. They will communicate with the Vocations Director on the progress of the discerners. The Vicars will attend monthly Vocations Board meetings as none voting members and their role and responsibility on the board will be as advocates for those discerning a call to Priesthood. The Vicar will act as an advocate at the time when an application is being considered and the advocate is asked to make every effort attend the board meeting at which the decision is being made. The Vicar will act as advocate for those discerners who are in his particular discernment groups. If the Vicar is also the Spiritual Director for an applicant, then another Vicar will be designated as their advocate.  The Vocations Director will periodically attend the regional discernment group meetings. The Vicars for Vocations will also network with the priests in their regional areas, encouraging them to support and participate in ongoing recruitment and discernment programs.

Fr. Francis Vivacqua

(Region 2) Representative for Northern Albany County, Northern Rensselaer County including City of Troy, and Southern Saratoga Counties including City of Saratoga Eastern Schenectady County including City of Schenectady and Suburbs

  Fr. Dan Quinn

Regional (Region 4) Representative for Southern Rensselaer County, Columbia and Greene Counties


Fr. Scott Van Derveer

(Region 5) Representative Delaware,Otsego and Schoharie Counties. Read more


Sarah Raville

Administrative Assistant
Office of Vicar for Vocations


Sister Laurie Marie Parisi, C.R.

Coordinator for Religious Life and Vocations Awareness Council
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Deacon Paul Kisselback

Director of Aspirant and Candidate Formation for Diaconate
Phone: (518) 453-6690

St. Isaac Jogues House of Formation and Pre- Seminary

The St. Isaac Jogues House of Formation and Pre-Seminary Priest in residence; Fr. Edward Deimeke  

Fr. Edward Deimeke
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Priesthood Vocations Board Members

Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger
Fr. Anthony F. Ligato
Fr. James Ebert
Fr. Patrick Butler
Fr. Matthew Frisoni
Mrs. Patricia Ricchiuti
Mrs. Lois Terry
Dr. Stephen Loughlin
Mary Moore
Fr. Quy Vo
Sarah Raville - Vocations Office Administrative Assistant
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