Bishop Edward Wm. Clark was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
and raised in Minnesota,
Idaho and California (Orange County). He attended local schools in Los Angeles and graduated from St. John’s
Seminary College in 1968.
Bishop Clark was ordained for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
in 1972 and served as an associate pastor at Saint James Parish in Redondo Beach and Saint
Joseph Parish in Pomona. He received a Masters Degree in Religion from
Seminary in 1972 and a Masters Degree in Education from Mount St. Mary’s
College in Los Angeles
in 1983. After serving in several
Catholic High Schools of the Archdiocese, and as Principal of Paraclete High
School in Lancaster,
Bishop Clark attended the Gregorian
University in Rome. He received a Licentiate Degree in
Fundamental Theology in 1986 and a Doctoral Degree in Theology in 1988. From 1988 until 1990 he served as the
Coordinator of Religious Formation and Instruction for the Catholic High
Schools within the Archdiocese.
Beginning in 1990 he was assigned to Saint John’s Major Seminary as an
Assistant Professor of Theology and became a Full Professor in 1999. From 1994 until 2001, Bishop Clark also
served as President and Rector of Saint John’s Seminary College and was
promoted to Professor Emeritus of Saint John’s Major Seminaryin May 2001.
Appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles in January 2001, Bishop Clark was
ordained by Cardinal Roger Mahony to the Episcopacy in March 2001 and assigned
to Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region, where he currently serves.
He is the author of the book Five Great Catholic Ideas, published in
1999 by Crossroad Press, and a number of articles published in magazines and
professional journals. He is a member of
the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre,
and the Order of Malta. Currently he
chairs the Education and Editorial Committees of the California Conference of
Catholic Bishops and the California Catholic Conference and is a member of the
California Bishops’ Task Force on Health Care.