The Right Reverend
|Archbishop of Armagh |
Primate of All Ireland
|Church||Church of Ireland|
|Elected||15 December 2012|
|Consecration||14 September 1996|
by Walton Empey
|Birth name||Richard Lionel Clarke|
|Born||25 June 1949|
Dublin, Republic of Ireland
(m. 1975; died 2009)
Richard Lionel Clarke (born 25 June 1949) is a retired Irish Anglican bishop and author. From 2012 to 2020, he served as the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland: as such, he was the senior cleric of the Church of Ireland.
Early life and education
Clarke was born on 25 June 1949 in Dublin, Ireland. He was educated at Wesley College, a fee-paying independent school in Dublin. He attended Trinity College, Dublin (M.A., Ph.D.) and King's College London (B.D.) where he studied history and theology.
Clarke was ordained a deacon in 1975 and priest in 1976, serving as a curate in Holywood, County Down for two years from 1975–77 and again as a curate at St Bartholomew's with Christ Church, Leeson Park, Dublin from 1977–79, before serving as Dean of Residence at Trinity College, Dublin for five years. Clarke travelled thence to Bandon, County Cork, where he served as rector until 1993 when he was appointed Dean of Cork.
In 2012, he was elected, in succession to Alan Harper, to be the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. His translation to Armagh took effect on 15 December 2012, on which date he also was enthroned at St Patrick's Cathedral.
On 2 November 2019, during his presidential address to Armagh Diocesan Synod, Clarke announced that he would retire on 2 February 2020. The Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Reverend Dr Michael Jackson, paid tribute to Clarke after the announcement, saying, "Archbishop Clarke has dedicated his life to the service of God and the church."
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- Press Release 2 November 2019, Archbishop Clarke to retire.
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- "Armagh, Archbishop of, and Primate of All Ireland, (Most Rev. Richard Lionel Clarke)". Who's Who 2020. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2019. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U27165. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
- "Archbishop". Diocese of Armagh. 6 February 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
- "Primate of Ireland, Dr Richard Clarke, to retire". www.churchtimes.co.uk. Retrieved 13 December 2019.