Date of death: 9/10/2015

Saint Meinrad Class: O 1961

Father Clarence J. Howard, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, died Sept. 10. He was 80 years old and had been a priest for 54 years.Father Howard was a native of Howardstown, Ky., where he began his life of faith at St. Ann Church. He attended St. MaryÆs College in St. Mary, Ky., andSt. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, Ind. He was ordained in 1961 by Archbishop John A. Floersh.In his ministry, Father Howard served as pastor of St. Catherine Church in New Haven, Ky., where he also attended grade school; St. Vincent de Paul Church in New Hope, Ky.; the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown, Ky.; and St. Bernard Church in Clementsville, Ky.Father Howard also served as the associate pastor at St. Raphael Church and the former St. Benedict Church (now St. Martin de Porres Church).He also served on the Archdiocese of LouisvilleÆs PriestsÆ Council and College of Consultors.He is survived by his sisters LaNell Caspar of Lexington, Ky., and Rosita Raque of Louisville, brother Lawrence Howard, nieces, nephews and cousins.