Assignment Record – Bishop Howard James Hubbard

Summary of Case: Ordained a priest of the Albany diocese in 1963, Hubbard was elevated to bishop in 1977, at age 38. In February 2004, allegations surfaced that he had been sexually involved with male prostitutes, including minors, and with other young men and priests of the diocese. Hubbard denied the charges. Hubbard hired a former federal prosecutor to investigate him; she determined that there was no credible evidence against Hubbard. Retired in 2014.

Dec. 18, 1963
Ordained Bishop: March 27, 1977
Retired: Feb. 11, 2014


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Albany bishop was William Aloysius Scully (1954-1969).

1965 Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception


NY 3/5

Hubbard is not indexed in the 1964 Directory.

The Cathedral had a school with 330 boys and 352 girls.

1965 1966 Catholic University Washington DC graduate student  


Scully was succeeded by Edwin Bernard Broderick (1969-1976).

1977 St. John's Albany NY 4/4, 3/4, 5/5, 4/5, 2/3, 2/2
In residence.
1967 1977 Catholic Interracial Council Albany NY Moderator St. John's had a school with 206-125 students, until 1972.
1969 1977 Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Albany NY Chair 1972-1976  
1973 1977 Priests Personnel Board Albany NY Chair  
1973 1974 Urban Apostolate (City of Albany) Albany NY    
1974 1977 Parish Realignment Committee Albany NY    
1974 1977 Pastoral Planning Albany NY Director  


Broderick was replaced by Howard James Hubbard (1977- 2014).



In 2004 accusations surfaced that Hubbard had been involved with male prostitutes, both minors and adults, and that he was known to have been sexually involved with other young men, including priests of the diocese. In Feb. 2004 a man held a press conference to report that his brother wrote in a 1978 suicide note that he had had a sexual relationship with a bishop named Howard. The brother set himself on fire in his parents' Albany home and died, at age 24. Another man in Feb. 2004 said that Hubbard paid him for sex in the 1970s, when the man was a teenage runaway. Hubbard denied the charges, stating that he had never broken his vow of celibacy.

NY Hubbard was appointed Bishop of Albany Feb. 1, 1977. He was ordained and installed March 27, 1977.

Hubbard hired a former federal prosecutor in 2004 to investigate the claims against him. She detailed the investigation in a June 2004 report, and determined that there was "no credible evidence" against Hubbard. The investigator did not have access to the man claiming to have been paid for sex as a teen by Hubbard.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1964-2011)

Albany Bishop Refutes Allegations, Albany Times Union [Albany NY], February 5, 2004
A Bishop Accused, Albany Times Union [Albany NY], February 8, 2004
Inquiry Clears Hubbard, By Michele Morgan Bolton, Times Union, June 25, 2004
A Fair Price for Faith in Hubbard, By Fred LeBrun, Times Union [Albany NY], August 8, 2004
Accused Bishops List,, April 14, 2008

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This assignment record was last updated on July 20, 2014.