Leo Clarke (bishop)
The Right Reverend
|6th bishop of Maitland|
|Diocese||Roman Catholic Diocese of Maitland|
|Appointed||10 April 1976|
|Term ended||3 November 1995|
|Ordination||24 July 1949|
by Archbishop Daniel Mannix
|Consecration||2 June 1976|
by James Darcy Freeman, Catholic Archbishop of Sydney
|Born||29 August 1923|
|Died||3 June 2006(aged 82)|
Clarke was ordained the sixth bishop of the Newcastle diocese in June 1976 after 27 years in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, where he served as a priest and the Master of Ceremonies at St Patrick's Cathedral under Archbishop Daniel Mannix.
As bishop, he was instrumental in implementing a program of renewal the diocesan community. He initiated the synod of 1992-93, a sustained consultation process involving clergy and laity coming to grips with the issues raised by the Second Vatican Council. His major rationalisation of Newcastle's Catholic secondary schools was controversial at the time and caused him enormous pain.
After his retirement due to ill health in 1995, he became Bishop Emeritus of Maitland-Newcastle.
- Clarke, Leo M. (June 2003). "Archbishop Mannix : what was he like?". Footprints : Journal of the Melbourne Diocesan Historical Commission: 28–48.
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