Fonds Deac-BPC - Bishops’ Conference (deaccessioned)

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Bishops’ Conference (deaccessioned)


  • 1973-2002 (Creation)

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No holdings at RCDEA. See CBCEW Archives.

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Peter David Smith was born on 21 October 1943 in Battersea, London, England. He was educated at Clapham College, Exeter University, St. John's Seminary in Wonersh and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome.
2019: retired
2020: died

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Biographical history

The Right Reverend Alan Charles Clark was born of convert parents in Bickley, Kent on 9th August 1919. When young he contracted polio and was taken to Lourdes. He made a recovery and set his sights on the priesthood. He studied at the Venerable English College in Rome and was ordained to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Southwark on 11 February 1945 (The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes). He was involved in the Second Vatican Council as a peritus and was later to become the Vice-Rector of his old seminary in Rome. From there he would return to his Diocese of Southwark where he became Parish Priest of Our Lady Help of Christian, Blackheath, Kent before being selected as the new Auxiliary Bishop of Northampton with the Titular See of Elmham.

Bishop Clark was named the Co-chairman of ARCIC (Anglican/Roman Catholic International Commission). As the first bishop of the new diocese, he had to set up all the necessary instruments and commissions for the diocese. The diocesan offices and diocesan tribunal were at The White House in Poringland near Norwich. This estate had been given to the Diocese of Northampton by the Birkbeck Family. It was the residence of the retired Bishop of Northampton, The Rt Revd Leo Parker.

Bishop Clark continued in office until his seventy-fifth birthday made it mandatory for him to tender his resignation to the Holy See in 1994. This was accepted on 21st March, 1995 and at that point he became Bishop Emeritus. He retired to a house built in the grounds and died in the 16th July, 2002 at the age of eighty-two. He was buried near the Slipper Chapel in Walsingham, Norfolk.

Archival history

RCDEA Archive - BPC1 to BPC7; BCP-GS1; BCP-GS2; BPC-WP1
December 2021: Deaccessioned/weeded.

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No Holdings

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Review of Holdings during October to December 2021
BPC1 to BPC6 - all contents removed/destroyed. CBCEW material - no original input from RCDEA Bishops. Some booklets were transferred to CBCEW.
BP7 - File "Christian Unity" contains ARCIC work references/documents - Bp Clark lead this. Retain for ARCIC interest?
BCP-GS1 & BCP-GS2: All files weeded as the originals are confirmed to be held in CBCEW Archives - nothing specifically related to RCDEA - no writings related to RCDEA Bishops' original input
BPC-WP1 - Only CBCEW sourced committee papers (agenda, minutes, working papers) to which Bishop Clark had not retained material or recorded responses. Files offered to CBCEW Archive:
File 1: Standing Committee - agenda/minutes; corresponding papers relating to the committee work.
File 2: 1997-1999: Survey Responses (from Priests/Brothers/Sisters/Contemplatives); MA Thesis OU 1997 on Spiritual needs of the Elderly; Directory of Therapy / Spirituality Centres
File 3: 1997-1999: Directory of Therapeutic Help providers (Sept 1999); Correspondence; meeting minutes, agenda, personal notes/jottings; analysis of survey responses from Religious, etc.
File 4: 1997-1999: Correspondence; meeting notes & minutes; questionnaire results/analysis; Establishing of Joint WP (CBCEW & Conference of Religious); research on sources of help
File 5: 1999-2000: Reports; leaflets; lists of professional help


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Period of review, weeding, destruction, transfer: October to December 2021




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