Bishop Emeritus Matthew H. Clark served the Diocese of Rochester for 33 years, from 1979-2012. He was the diocese’s second-longest serving bishop. Born July 15, 1937, he died Jan. 22, 2023.
Bishop Clark succeeded Bishop Joseph L. Hogan, becoming the Diocese of Rochester’s eighth bishop. Prior to this, he was a priest of the Diocese of Albany and served as spiritual director at the North American College in Rome. He was consecrated a bishop in Rome on May 27, 1979, and installed in a public ceremony at Rochester’s Community War Memorial on June 26, 1979.
Bishop Matthew H. Clark’s 33-year tenure marked a focus on involvement of the laity in church life within the Diocese of Rochester, and a fostering of ecumenical and interfaith relations and peace initiatives. He submitted his resignation on his 75th birthday, in accordance with church law.