Seminarian nearing ordination


Malachi Clark, a seminarian of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at 10 a.m. April 27 at Sts. John & Andrew church in Binghamton. Ordination to the transitional diaconate is the next step to the priesthood.

A native of Binghamton, Clark attends seminary at St. Mary’s, Baltimore. He is the youngest of eight children and spent his pastoral year at Holy Family Church in Syracuse.

During that time, he underwent surgeries and twelve weeks of chemotherapy for testicular cancer. He is currently cancer free. Clark recalls first considering the priesthood in kindergarten. “I’d go to daily Mass and I saw what the priest did at the altar,” he recalled.

“I thought, ‘Maybe that’s what I want to do with my life.’” Following a year as a transitional deacon, Clark will be ordained to the priesthood in June 2020.

The Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham, bishop of Syracuse, will celebrate the Mass. Additional coverage will be available at and 

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