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St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church welcomes new pastor

St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church welcomes new pastor

St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church welcomes new pastor

Father Douglas K. Clark

    St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church recently announced that it has a new pastor: Father Douglas K. Clark.
    The current pastor and Statesboro native, Father Brett Brannen, has been assigned to Blessed Sacrament Church in Savannah.
    Clark will officially become St. Matthew’s pastor on Wednesday.
    Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1949, Clark was received into the Catholic Church while a freshman at the College of William and Mary. Clark graduated cum laude with a history degree, and then attended North American College in Rome, Italy, as a student for the priesthood for the Diocese of Savannah.
    While in Rome, Clark wrote for the diocesan newspaper, the Southern Cross.
    Ordained a deacon in 1975, Clark completed his Bachelor’s in Sacred Theology and graduated magna cum laude from Pontifical Gregorian University later that year. He spent his “deacon summer” in Cambridge, England.
    Savannah Bishop Raymond W. Lessard ordained Clark to the priesthood in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist the following year. Clark celebrated his first Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church in Savannah the next day. He received his licentiate in biblical theology summa cum laude from the Gregorian in 1977.
    Clark’s resume includes pastoral, ministry, teaching and writing positions.
    He was assistant pastor of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church in Albany from 1977 to 1980. He has taught religion courses for the diocesan Permanent Diaconate Formation Program and served as censor librorum and theological consultant to the bishop and academic dean, and Diocesan Director of Adult Education and Coordinator of Youth Ministry.
    Clark served as a consultant to the International Commission on English in the Liturgy for from 1985 to 2000.
    Clark was pastor of St. Anne Catholic Church in Richmond Hill from 1986 to 1993, and he has taught religion for Saint Leo University since 1988.
    He translated the “Catechism of the Catholic Church” into English while at St. Anne. He later wrote the “Catechism in Context” sections of Brown/ROA’s religious education series, “Walking in Faith,” and translated the “Reader’s Guide to Themes in the Catechism” for the second (British) edition of the “Catechism of the Catholic Church.”
    From 1993 to 1996, Clark was campus minister of Pacelli High School in  Columbus and parochial vicar of St. Anne Church there.
    Bishop J. Kevin Boland appointed Clark editor of the Southern Cross in 1997, with residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
    Three years later, Clark retired from that position. That year, his editorials won first, second and third place awards from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. He continues to write the editorials for the Southern Cross.
    He has served as chairman of the Diocesan Presbyteral Council and Worship Commission. He has been chaplain to three Knights of Columbus councils and Faithful Friar of Fourth Degree Assembly 173 and spiritual director of Councils of Catholic Women at the parish, deanery and diocesan levels.
    Clark also directed 12 plays for Benedictine Military School and St. Vincent’s Academy in Savannah.
    He is fond of reading, including history and British murder mysteries. He also enjoys writing, watching films of many kinds, theater, music (from chant to the Beatles), languages and cooking.
    Clark has served as spiritual director for several pilgrimages and has another one planned in October to the Holy Land.

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