Fr. David Joseph Clark, C.M.F.: Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Fr. David Joseph Clark, C.M.F.

Ordained, 1954
  • Unknown Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Alexandria, LA (BR)
  • Unknown St. Joseph, Monroe, LA (BR)
  • Unknown St. Anthony, Cottonport, LA (BR)
  • Unknown St. Thomas More, Baton Rouge, LA (BR)
  • 1955-1956 Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, , CA (LA)
  • 1957 Claretian Fathers Provincial Headquarters, Los Angeles, CA (LA)
  • 1958-1960 Our Lady Queen of the Angels, Los Angeles, CA (LA)
  • 1960 Sacred Heart, Prescott, AZ (TUC)
  • 1961-1965 All Saints, Fort Worth, TX (DAL)
  • 1966-1967 Our Lady of Guadalupe, Albuquerque, NM (SFE)
  • 1968-1969 Our Lady of the Annunciation, Albuquerque, NM (SFE)
  • 1970-1972 Our Lady of Sorrows, Las Vegas, NM (SFE)
  • 1973-1975 Absent on Sick Leave (SFE)
  • 1976-1979 Our Lady Church of Sorrows, Las Vegas, NM (SFE)
  • 1980-1983 Holy Family-St. Joseph Parish, Roy, NM (SFE)
  • 1984-1991 Absent on Sick Leave (SFE)
  • 1991-1993 Estancia Valley Catholic Parish, Moriarty, NM (SFE)
  • 1994 Retired (SFE)
  • 1994-2000s Unknown
  • 2000s Died

Fr. David Joseph Clark was ordained a Claretian priest. In a 1994 lawsuit, Fr. Clark was accused of sexually abusing two brothers while at Sacred Heart in Prescott, Arizona. Fr. Clark was included on the Diocese of Gallup’s “List of priests, religious and other persons who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors and who have served in parishes or institutions of the church located within the territorial limits of the Diocese of Gallup.” Fr. Clark was also included on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s “List of Priests, Deacons, & Religious Accused of Sexual Abuse of Children” as well as the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s list of “The individuals identified below have been the subject of credible allegations of sexual abuse of one or more minors or vulnerable adults which allegedly occurred within the Diocese of Baton Rouge after its formation in 1961.” According to this list, a report was made in 2018 alleging that Fr. Clark sexually abused a minor or a vulnerable adult between approximately 1964 and 1965 at St. Thomas More in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This list also states that Fr. Clark worked at five different parishes in the Diocese of Baton Rouge between 1954 and 1965. The exact dates that he worked at these parishes are unknown.