Rev. Thomas R. Clark
Summary of Case: In 2002 it was revealed that the diocese paid $30K in 1998 to settle allegations against Clark. He was investigated and cleared by Louisville County Police. Based on that and a psychological assessment of Clark, the diocese decided no abuse occurred, but offered the alleged victim a financial settlement because of "difficulties he was facing in his life" and because Clark had cared for him for years after juvenile court placed the boy in his custody.
Baltimore archbishop was Lawrence Joseph Shehan (1961-1974)
|1963||St. Charles College||Catonsville||MD||
Washington archbishop was Patrick Joseph McCormick (1950-1953)
|1964||St. Mary's Seminary||Baltimore||MD||This was a seminary for the Society of the Priests of St. Sulpice.|
|1965||Catholic University||Washington||DC||Clark is referred to as Rev. Thomas R. Clark, s.s.|
|1969||St. Charles College||Catonsville||
|Dean of Men 1968-1969.|
Louisville archbishop was Thomas Joseph McDonough (1967- 1981)
Parish had a grade school with 415-387 students, and a high school with 184 students during 1969-1970, but not after.
Clark is no longer referred to with "s.s." after 1969.
|1972||1973||St. Helen's||Louisville||KY||1/4||Parish had a school with 725 students.|
|1973||1977||St. Mildred's||Somerset||KY||2/3||Clark is not indexed but is listed as at St. Mildred's in the 1974 Directory. He is indexed but not listed there in the 1976 and 1977 Directories.|
|1973||1977||Holy Spirit||Jamestown||KY||1/1||This was a mission of St. Mildred's in Somerset KY.|
|1973||1976||Catholic Chapel||Albany||KY||1/1||This was a mission of St. Mildred's in Somerset KY.|
|1973||1976||St. Peter's||Monticello||KY||1/1||This was a mission of St. Mildred's in Somerset KY.|
|1975||1976||Good Shepherd Chapel||Whitley City||KY||1/1||This was a mission of St. Mildred's in Somerset KY.|
|1977||1981||Holy Redeemer||Greensburg||KY||Clark is indexed, but not listed at Holy Reemer in the 1978-1981 Directories.|
|1977||1981||Good Shepherd||Columbia||KY||1/1||This was a mission of Holy Redeemer in Greensburg KY.|
|1977||1980||Christ the Healer
||Columbia||KY||1/1||This was a mission of Holy Redeemer in Greensburg KY.|
Los Angeles archbishop was Timothy Manning (1970-1985)
|1982||On Duty Outside the Diocese||Los Angeles||CA||Address given is 144 N. Edgeware Rd., Los Angeles|
Thomas Cajetan Kelly replaced McDonough as Louisville archbishop (1981-2007)
|1985||1989||St. Michael's||Fairfield||KY||Clark is indexed but not listed in the Louisville diocesan pages as at St. Michael's.|
|1985||1989||Church of All Saints||Taylorsville||KY||1/1||This was a mission of St. Michael's in Fairfield KY.|
|1989||1991||Central State Hospital||Louisville||KY||Chaplain|
• A man who claimed to have been abused by Clark was given $30,000 by the archdiocese in 1998. As a boy, a juvenile court judge had placed him in Clark's custody. Police could not substantiate the accuser's claim. (Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
|1995||2002||Our Lady Help of Christians||Valley Station||KY||1/1|
|1995||2002||St. Patrick's||West Point||KY||1/1|
|2002||2005||St. Bernard||Liberty (Clementsville)||KY||1/1||Parish had a religious education program with 46-40 students.|
|2002||2006||Sacred Heart||Liberty||KY||This was a mission of St. Bernard in Liberty.|
|2005||2006||Our Lady of the Hills||Campbellsville (Finley)||KY||1/2||Parish had a religious education program with 39 students.|
|2005||2006||Our Lady of Perpetual Help||Campbellsville||KY||1/2||Parish had a religious education program with 51 students.|
|2005||2006||Our Lady of Fatima||Phillipsburg (Finley)||KY||1/2|
Kelly was succeeded by Joseph Edward Kurtz
|2009||Immaculate Conception||Culvertown||KY||2/2 Retired; In residence.|
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1963-2009)
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This assignment record was last updated on December 22, 2009.