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The Most Reverend 
Matthew Harvey Clark
Bishop of Rochester
Province New York
Diocese Albany
Enthroned June 26, 1979
Reign ended incumbent
Predecessor Joseph Lloyd Hogan †
Ordination December 19, 1962
Consecration May 27, 1979
Personal details
Born July 15, 1937 (1937-07-15) (age 72)
Waterford, New York
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Styles of
Matthew H. Clark
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop
Posthumous style not applicable

Matthew Harvey Clark (born July 15, 1937) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the eighth and current Bishop of Rochester.


Early life and education

Matthew Clark was born in Waterford, New York, to Matthew and Grace (née Bills) Clark.[1] He attended Catholic Central High School in Troy and Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, before entering Mater Christi Seminary in Albany.[1]

He also attended St. Bernard's Seminary in Rochester, and then furthered his studies in Rome at the Pontifical North American College and the Pontifical Gregorian University.[1]


While in Rome, Clark was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Martin O'Connor on December 19, 1962.[2] He obtained a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Gregorian in 1963 and, upon his return to the United States, taught at the Vincentian Institute in Albany while serving at Our Lady of Mercy Parish.[1]

Clark returned to the Gregorian in 1964, earning a Licentiate of Canon Law in 1966.[1] From 1966 to 1967, he was vice-chancellor for the Diocese of Albany. He then served as assistant pastor at St. Ambrose Parish in Latham (1967-1972) and chairman of the Diocesan Priests' Personnel Board (1969-1972).[1] In 1972, Clark returned to Rome again to serve as assistant spiritual director of the North American College. He became its full spiritual director in 1974.[1]

Episcopal career

On April 23, 1979, Clark was appointed the eighth Bishop of Rochester by Pope John Paul II.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following May 27 from John Paul II himself, with Archbishop Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy and Eduardo Martínez Somalo serving as co-consecrators, at St. Peter's Basilica.[2] He selected as his episcopal motto: "God's Love Endures Forever".[1]

Clark succeeded the retiring Joseph Lloyd Hogan, and was formally installed at the Rochester War Memorial on June 26, 1979.[2] His ongoing, 30-year-long tenure as Bishop is the second-longest in the Diocese of Rochester's history, following the 40-year-long tenure of its founding bishop, Bernard John McQuaid.




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