Father Joseph LaMorte was installed as the archdiocese’s vicar general and chancellor by Cardinal Dolan Dec. 4 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Manhattan. Employees of the archdiocese, who serve at the New York Catholic Center, attended the morning prayer service which the cardinal led. “Everybody in the building, everybody in my former parish (St. Gregory Barbarigo parish, Garnerville) has been very, very accommodating and welcoming,” Father LaMorte said in remarks. “I’m very happy to be here” and “excited to start,” he added of the ministry in administration, and an objective, “continuing the good.” He thanked Cardinal Dolan for his trust and confidence and assured all assembled, “I promise I’ll do my best.” Father LaMorte had been pastor of St. Gregory Barbarigo since 2010. Before that, he served for 21 years at Holy Trinity parish in Poughkeepsie, including as pastor, 1993-2010. He has been chairman of the archdiocesan Presbyteral Council for the past decade and served for 40 years as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, retiring in 2012 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.