The church and its faithful have been tested by problems both human and financial during the time that Howard Hubbard led the diocese.
While church leaders are still challenged to deal with the situations, Thursday’s ordination of the new Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese was not an examination of those issues.
Instead, it was upbeat and full of ceremony.
The new Bishop was chosen by Pope Francis, who traces his position back to the first Bishop of Rome, St. Peter.
Some of those ancient traditions were mixed with positive and at times informal remarks in the Albany cathedral Thursday afternoon.