Dcn. Clark to be ordained to the priesthood

DARIEN—On Saturday, October 12, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will ordain Deacon Michael Clark to the priesthood. The Ordination Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas More in Darien at 11 am. Deacon Clark was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on February 2, 2019.

Clark was born in Chichester, England on May 5, 1983 to Timothy and Lesley Clark, who are both parishioners at St. Mary’s Abbey, Buckfast, Buckfastleigh, UK. He attended Exeter Cathedral School in Exeter, UK from which he graduated in 1996. Clark then attended Devonport High School for Boys in Plymouth, UK from which he graduated in 2001.

He studied at Cambridge University, graduating with a master’s in theology and law in 2005. He studied for and was called to the bar in 2008 and practiced law as a barrister for five years. At the same time he was singing professionally at Exeter Cathedral and later moved to Buckfast Abbey as director of music, establishing a new professional choir of men and women from scratch.

In 2012, Clark entered seminary to study philosophy and theology. He received an S.T.B. from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 2016 and studied at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute.

In 2016, he visited the Diocese of Bridgeport as a guest but began to discern the possibility of a call to serve as a priest in Bridgeport, upon returning to seminary.

Clark arrived at St. Thomas More in Darien in November of 2017 to discern the call further and started a second assignment at the Catholic Academy of Stamford/Trinity Catholic High School in August 2018.

Clark completed major seminary in 2018 at the Venerable English College in Rome. Clark has been teaching Theology and Music at Cardinal Kung Academy in Stamford and teaching Religion at Trinity Catholic High School. He was assigned episcopal chaplain to TCHS and CKA in February 2019 and will remain as such upon ordination to the priesthood.

Father Clark will celebrate his first Mass at St. Joseph Church in South Norwalk on Sunday, October 13 at 10 am. Father Peter Lenox will be concelebrating the Mass, along with Msgr. David P. Charters and Father Anthony Doe, who will both also be concelebrating at the Mass of Ordination. Deacon Gauthier Vincent will also be part of the ceremony. Patricia A. Catino and Lisa L. Von Stuelpnagel will be bringing up the gifts and Liz C. Sweeney and Barbara J. Ferrone will be readers.

“I am reminded every day that a call to serve the People of God as a priest is a unique and precious gift,” Deacon Clark shared. “It is truly humbling to accept the invitation to labor in this corner of the vineyard Our Lord loves so much. I hope and pray that, with the help of His grace, I may be a good and loyal servant of the Church to the people of Fairfield County.”

Deacon Clark continued, “It was out of love for them that the Lord called me from my own homeland to these shores, and out of love for Him I will expend every last fiber of my being to preach the Gospel. Trusting in the prayers of Our Lady, St. Michael, St. Augustine and all the Saints, I take this next step with a profound sense of peace and joy and to everyone who has encouraged me in my own vocation with countless prayers and kindnesses I offer heartfelt and sincere thanks.”

He ended by saying, “Pray for me.”

Photos by Amy Mortensen