ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Organ and choir music filled the air of Sacred Heart Cathedral as the Rochester community was invited to say goodbye to Bishop Emeritus Matthew Clark, who passed away at 85 years old.

Bishop Clark spent over 30 years leading the Dioceses of Rochester, from 1979 to 2012. He was installed as the eighth Bishop of the Dioceses of Rochester in June 1979. He retired from the position at the mandatory retiring age of 75.

Following the funeral mass, Bishop Clark will be buried in the Bishops Crypt at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

The public visitation continues from Sunday evening’s prayer service. During Sunday’s service, Father Joseph Hart, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace and St. Thomas More, delivered the sermon.

“So tonight we gather, to begin the handing over process,” said Father Hart. “Handing over to God our beloved brother and accompanying him with our prayers.”