By CAROLINE MURRAY
After serving St. Mary's Church in Amsterdam for six years, the Rev. John Medwid resigned from his position effective May 9.
Albany Roman Catholic Diocese spokesman Kenneth Goldfarb said the diocese sent a representative priest, the Rev. Ronald Menty, to announce Medwid's resignation.
After conducting each scheduled Mass this past the weekend, Menty read a letter from Bishop Edward Scharfenberger that said, "This past Thursday I had a lengthy discussion with Father Medwid about the recent communications that had come to my office. The next day he sent me a brief note where he stated that '... after serious reflection I have decided to resign as pastor of St. Mary's Church to devote myself fully to prayer and discernment.'"
According to a representative at St. Mary's Church, there had been some discord between parishioners and Medwid.
In the letter, Scharfenberger said he accepted Medwid's resignation and will give the current pastoral plan in Amsterdam priority.
When asked if Medwid would be transferring to a different parish, Goldfarb said, "That remains to be seen."
Phone calls to Medwid were not immediately returned.
Goldfarb said the diocese will assign a priest to take over on an interim basis.
St. Mary's secretary Betsy Barker said she was still shaken up about the scenario.
"Medwid is a wonderful person and a wonderful priest," she said.