Bishop Matthew H. Clark has been named Exemplary Bishop of the Year by the national Catholic Campus Ministry Association for his "noteworthy support of campus ministry."
The award will be presented at a special CCMA Bishops’ Breakfast on Nov. 16 in Baltimore, which will be attended by many of the nation’s Catholic leaders during the fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The 2010 Exemplary Bishop Award is being given after consideration of Bishop Clark’s long devotion to strengthening and supporting the mission of college campus ministry. In a written nomination, Shannon Loughlin, Diocese of Rochester director of young-adult and campus ministry, noted that "Bishop Clark has been consistently supportive of campus ministry over the past 30 years. He regularly visits the college campuses for Masses and programs. He also meets yearly with campus ministers to discuss how their experiences on the college campuses point to the issues, challenges and joys that can be expected in the parishes in the coming years."
Bishop Clark said, "I am most appreciative of this award, which I certainly must share with the devoted, highly professional ministers in our diocese who have made such an enormous difference in the lives of thousands of young people on our campuses."
"Bishop Clark’s years of support of campus ministry is truly remarkable, and we are most grateful to be able to recognize him and thank him for his work," said Father Martin O. Moran III, executive director of the CCMA.