Meet Fr. William John Clark.
He was ordained a deacon in 2001, and in 2003 at the tender age of 68 years was ordained to the Holy Priesthood. Now you might be tempted to say,
“That’s crazy! What could he possibly do for the Church at such an advanced age as a deacon, let alone as a priest?”
From his ordination as a deacon in 2001, Fr. Bill served in various capacities: Sacristan, Cantor, Reader, Sub-Deacon, Deacon, Sunday School Teacher and Director, Parish Council member, Congress delegate, Church Auditor, Vatra Camp Counsellor, Bible Bowl Advisor and LAROY Advisor. He served as cantor and congregation singing director; processions’ organizer for the Sunday School; cantor and co-server at services performed in the parish (funerals, memorials, anniversaries, etc.); pastoral visits with the pastor; visitation of the sick and shut-ins.
He is an excellent example of simply answering the call to serve Christ. With no expectations, he offered, and continues to offer, himself to Christ, to the Church and to his Bishop. Submitting obediently to the wisdom of his hierarch, he is busier now than ever before!
Since his ordination to the Holy Priesthood in 2003, Fr. Bill has undertaken the responsibilities of Priest in many locations, serving with distinction, love and honor.
At the request of his bishop, he has served as interim priest in places as varied as Ohio, Texas, Indiana, California, Arizona, and parishes in Canada.
All this along with liturgical and pastoral duties at St. George Church in Prescott, Arizona which include pastoral visitations to shut ins, hospital visitations, sermons, weekday liturgies, confessions and concelebrating on Sundays.
He also acts as a supply priest for clergy in Arizona who regularly call upon him. Fr. Bill is living proof that age is not a barrier to humble, powerful and effectual service to the flock of Christ in the Diaconate, or the Holy Priesthood.
Just three weeks ago, Fr. Bill celebrated his 77th Birthday.
Fr. Bill answered the call of Christ.
What’s your answer?