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Diocese will announce new priest at St. Mary's Church

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - Updated: 4:08 AM


Recorder News Staff

St. Mary's Church in Amsterdam will announce this weekend who was selected to be the new priest of the parish, three months after Rev. John Medwid resigned from the position.

Albany Roman Catholic Diocese spokesman Kenneth Goldfarb said he would not disclose who was chosen until the announcement was made public at Mass.

Chancellor for Public Information, Rev. Kenneth Doyle, said Bishop Edward Scharfenberger also requested the parishioners hear the statement first, before releasing the name of the new leader to a news source.

"An announcement will be made at Mass this weekend," Goldfarb said. "I don't want to pre-empt that announcement, it should come from the pulpit to the parishioners there directly."

Goldfarb said a letter from the Diocese will be read aloud at each scheduled Mass over the weekend, but was not certain who specifically is making the announcement.

St. Mary's secretary Betsy Barker could not immediately be reached for comment.

Medwid abruptly resigned from the parish May 9 -- and outcry from parishioners quickly followed suit.

A representative from the Diocese announced his resignation with a letter from the bishop.

At the time, a representative from the church said there was discord between a group of parishioners and Medwid, which ultimately lead to his resignation.

Members of the congregation were reportedly shocked by his leave.

Doyle said for the last several months, retired priests have rotated Mass at the church.

He said the Diocese personnel office was working on finding a permanent replacement over the past three months.

Typically, Doyle said the office will send out a description of the job opening, and any priest interested can apply.

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