Michael Clay

Academic Area

  • Pastoral Studies
  • School

  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
  • Expertise

  • Pastoral Studies
  • Evangelization
  • Homiletics
  • Liturgical Rites
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
  • Biography

    Msgr. Clay, a priest of the Diocese of Raleigh, has been a member of the faculty of the School of Theology and Religious Studies since 2012.

    He comes with an extensive background in pastoral ministry, having served his diocese as 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 previously served on the formation faculty of Theological College at The Catholic University of America (1989-1995). In 2013, he was appointed by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity as 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 30 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 75 dioceses in the United States and Canada.