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Reverend Samuel V. Scott , Pastor 

The Reverend Samuel V. Scott was appointed the pastor of St. Joseph Parish in June, 2011. Most recently, Father Scott served as the rector of St. John Fisher Seminary, Stamford, the college seminary of the Diocese of Bridgeport. He previously served at parishes in Westport and Brookfield, and is thrilled to return to parish ministry at St. Joseph Parish, which he describes as a "vibrant Catholic parish blessed with a thriving diocesan school." 

A native of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Father Scott is a graduate of St. Joseph Academy, McSherrystown, a school administered by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Chestnut Hill. He attended Delone Catholic High School where a religion course made a life-changing impact and led to his vocation to the priesthood. Father Scott is an alumnus of Cranleigh School, an English public school, where he took A levels in English, Ancient History, and Divinity.  He received his undergraduate degree from Vassar College where he read philosophy and theology. Upon graduation, he was granted a fellowship to study at Union Theological Seminary, New York, where he received the Master of Divinity degree in Church History.  Father Scott entered the formation program of the Diocese of Bridgeport in 1990 and completed his theological studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbook, in 1995 where he was graduated with an M.A. in Sacred Scripture. Father Scott was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Edward M. Egan, in 1995, at St. Augustine Cathedral, Bridgeport

Father Scott's priestly ministry is focused on the restoration of the contemplative orientation of prayer in parish life.  He is involved in the Contemplative Outreach movement and Centering Prayer.  His ministry seeks to affirm that prayer does not not blind us to the world, but transforms our vision of the world, and makes us see it, all people, and the history of humankind, in the light of God (Thomas Merton, Contemplative Prayer).

Reverend Michael J. V. Clark, Parochial Vicar 

Father Clark was born in Chichester, UK into a military family, and was raised in the cities of Plymouth and Exeter attending Devonport High School for Boys and St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge where he graduated BA in 2005 and MA in 2008 reading Theology and then Law. He was called the Bar in 2008 and is a barrister of the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple in London. He came to the United States in 2017 answering a call to priesthood in the Diocese of Bridgeport and was ordained October 12th 2019 at St. Thomas More Church in Darien, C

Father Clark is a musician and an artist. He was auditioned at age 7 for the prestigious Exeter Cathedral Choir of men and boys – a traditional Anglican choral foundation – and later won a choral scholarship at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He returned to Exeter to sing professionally in 2005, eventually being appointed Lay Vicar Choral. In 2009 he also founded the current choral foundation at Buckfast Abbey, a Benedictine community of monks whose history dates back to its first foundation in AD 1018.

In 2012 he entered seminary formation for his home diocese, studying Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (“Angelicum”) and the Pontifical Gregorian University (“Gregorianum”) in Rome, Italy, graduating with an STB in 2016. Thereafter he was accepted to study at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute at the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm (“Anselmianum”).

Father Clark’s professional interests include Sacred Liturgy, Sacred Music and Sacred Art & Architecture. He is frequently asked to consult on Church renovations and liturgical planning and has undertaken his own projects in the USA, including the painting and gilding of a hanging Rood for his previous parish in Darien, and a scheme to develop a shrine chapel in Norwalk. He is also very interested in Scriptural studies, having some proficiency in a number of modern and historic languages including Hebrew, Greek and Latin, and is in demand as a Spiritual Director.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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