Clark, Thomas J. - Rev.

Submitted by mercercounty on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 10:19

REV. THOMAS J. CLARK, pastor of St. Bartholomew Church, is a son of Patrick and Catherine (Hughes) Clark, natives of Ireland, who immigrated to this country in 1850, and settled in Silver Lake Township, Susquehanna Co., Penn., where our subject was born in 1854. His early life was spent upon the homestead farm, and his primary education was received at the common schools. He afterward entered the commercial college of Binghamton, N. Y., from which he graduated in September, 1871. He then entered St. Bonneventure College, in Cattaraugus County, N. Y., and was ordained priest December 28, 1879, by the Rt. Rev. Tobias Mullen, of Erie. He was then appointed assistant pastor at Ridgeway, Elk Co. Penn., where he remained four months, and was next assistant pastor at Kersey, Penn., where he remained nine months, and was then appointed assistant at Bradford, McKean Co., Penn. He was afterward appointed to take charge of the parish located at Petroleum Centre, Venango Co., Penn., where he remained five years. October 11, 1885, he became pastor of his present parish, and August 16, 1886, his church was destroyed by fire. He has since rebuilt the present substantial brick edifice, which is entirely clear of debt. In connection with his Sharpsville charge Father Clark’s pastoral duties include the missions located at Neshannock and Wheatland.

History of Mercer County, 1888, page 838

 
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