Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Clark of Rochester

WASHINGTON — Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Matthew H. Clark, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Rochester, NY. Bishop Robert J. Cunningham of Syracuse, 69, will serve as apostolic administrator of the Rochester Diocese until the appointment and installation of a new bishop there.

The Holy Father also accepted the resignation of Bishop Tod D. Brown, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Orange, California, and named Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Fort Worth, Texas, 61, to shepherd the nation’s tenth largest and fastest growing diocese. The total population of the Diocese of Orange is 3.2 million, of whom 41 percent, or 1.3 million, are Catholic.

Bishop Clark, a native of Troy, New York, was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Albany, N.Y. in 1962. He served in parish and chancery assignments in the Albany Diocese and as a spiritual director at North American College, Rome, from 1972 until 1979, when he was named bishop of Rochester.