Rev. Msgr. Michael Clay
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pastoral Studies
Pastoral Studies Area Director
Msgr. Clay is a priest of the Diocese of Raleigh, ordained in 1980.
He comes with an extensive background in pastoral ministry, having served his diocese as a pastor in three parishes and on the diocesan level at various times as director of liturgy, vocations and the permanent diaconate. In addition, he was the legislative liaison and lobbyist for the two Catholic bishops of North Carolina to the state General Assembly. He has also served on the formation faculty of Theological College at The Catholic University of America. In 2013, he became a member of the international commission for Roman Catholic-Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) dialogue.
Previously he was Associate Adjunct Professor at St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN in its Institute for Pastoral Ministries program. He has served as a member and chair of the Diocese of Raleigh Council of Priests and on the Diocesan Clergy Personnel Board. On the national level, he has been a member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, serving on its Board of Directors for two years, and as a member of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors.
For 25 years he has been an internationally recognized authority on the implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and has spoken on the rite and other liturgical areas in over 70 dioceses in the United States and Canada.