Edward Bede Clancy was born in Lithgow on 13 December 1923. On 15 November 1973, Pope Paul VI appointed him Titular Bishop of Ard Carna and auxiliary to Cardinal Freeman. His Episcopal Ordination took place in St Mary’s Cathedral on 19 January 1974. On 24 November 1978, Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Clancy to the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. On 22 February 1983, Pope John Paul II announced Archbishop Clancy’s appointment as seventh Archbishop of Sydney, in succession to retiring Cardinal Sir James Freeman. On 26 March 2001 Cardinal Clancy’s resignation was accepted by Pope John Paul II, having exceeded the age limit of 75 years, with his retirement from office taking effect on 10 May 2001.