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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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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. James Ebert

(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. Read more

Fr. Tom Lawless

(Region 1) Representative Southern Albany County, including City of Albany and Colonie and Southern and Western Suburbs.

Fr. Dan Quinn

Regional (Region 4) Representative for Southern Rensselaer County, Columbia and Greene Counties
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Fr. Rendell Torres

(Region 6) Representative for Northern Saratoga County, Warren and Washington Counties.
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Fr. Scott Van Derveer

 (Region 5) Representative Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties.
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Fr. Matt Wetsel

(Region 3) Representative Herkimer, Fulton, Montgomery Counties and Western Schenectady County because of new assignments.
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Fr. Brian Slezak

At large representative who is the contact for 16 - 20 year old Discerners

Fr. Quy Vo

Vocations Team Representative for International Discerners and Seminarian Candidates


St. Isaac Jogues House of Discernment

The St. Isaac Jogues House of Discernment will have seminarians in residence this coming academic year. The House of Discernment will overseen by Fr. Edward Deimeke who will be in residence. Fr. Anthony Barrett will work with Fr. Deimeke and Fr. Ligato to develop a formation plan for the house that will foster further discernment and a greater understanding of priestly ministry.


Fr. Edward Deimeke
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Fr. Anthony Barratt, STL, PhD,
FHEA, KCHS
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2016-2017 Priesthood Vocations Board Members


Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger
Fr. Anthony F. Ligato
Fr. David Berberian
Fr. Donald Rutherford
Fr. Patrick Butler
Honorable George B. Ceresia Jr.
Fr. Matthew Frisoni
Mrs. Patricia Ricchiuti
Mrs. Lois Terry
Fr. James Walsh
Sarah Raville - Vocations Office Administrative Assistant
 
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