Pope Francis Accepts Retirement of LA Auxiliary Bishop Who Served with ‘Zeal, Dedication, and Love’

Bishop Clark, who was named a bishop in 2001, served as Auxiliary Bishop for the Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region.

Bishop Edward Wm. Clark, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles from 2001 to 2022, pictured in a photo dated Oct. 19, 2012.
Bishop Edward Wm. Clark, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles from 2001 to 2022, pictured in a photo dated Oct. 19, 2012. (photo: CNA / EWTN)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of 75-year-old Los Angeles auxiliary Bishop Edward William Clark.

Archbishop José H. Gómez of Los Angeles congratulated Bishop Clark on his retirement, saying that he had “served Jesus Christ and the faithful of Los Angeles with zeal, dedication, and love” for more than 20 years.

Bishop Clark, who was named a bishop in 2001, served as Auxiliary Bishop for the Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region.

The pastoral region, which encompasses more than a million Catholics, covers Downtown, Central Los Angeles, and west to Malibu. 

“As the auxiliary bishop entrusted to the archdiocese’s largest and most diverse pastoral region, he will be remembered as a shepherd who was always close to the people he served, especially those who were poor and living on the margins,” said Archbishop Gómez, who has led LA archdiocese since 2011. 

“His lasting legacy includes his strong work against the scourge of racism and discrimination against African Americans and his commitment to building up the bonds of mutual trust and respect with our Native American brothers and sisters.” 

Clark was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Nov. 30, 1946. He grew up in Minnesota, Idaho, and California. After attending schools in Los Angeles, he graduated from St. John’s Seminary College in Camarillo in 1968. 

He was ordained a priest of the LA archdiocese on May 9, 1972, serving as an associate pastor at St. James Parish in Redondo Beach and St. Joseph Parish in Pomona. 

He earned a master’s degree in religion from St. John’s Seminary in 1972 and a master’s degree in education from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles in 1983. 

He was named an auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles by Pope John Paul II on Jan. 16, 2001, and was consecrated bishop on March 26, 2001. 

Bishop Clark’s retirement leaves the LA archdiocese, which serves an estimated five million people, with four auxiliaries: Bishop David G. O’Connell, Bishop Marc V. Trudeau​, Bishop Alejandro D. Aclan, and Bishop Robert E. Barron, founder of the global media ministry Word on Fire.

José Benlliure Ortiz, “Leaving Mass in Rocafort,” 1915

On Suffering and Hope and Forever

‘In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of his Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with his offering.’ (CCC 1368)

José Benlliure Ortiz, “Leaving Mass in Rocafort,” 1915

On Suffering and Hope and Forever

‘In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of his Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with his offering.’ (CCC 1368)