Most Rev. Matthew H. Clark served as the bishop of Rochester, New York, from 1979 to 2012. He was born and raised in Waterford, New York, entered seminary in Albany, New York, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1962. Clark served as a parish priest and then as vice chancellor in the Diocese of Albany. He studied at the North American College in Rome, where he also served as spiritual director, and at Gregorian University, earning advanced degrees in theology and canon law. Ordained a bishop in May of 1979 by Pope John Paul II, Matthew Clark was installed as eighth Bishop of Rochester in June of that year.