First look
“Out of the Ashes Came Hope”

To debut Spring 2013

Monsignor Linder, during one of many groundbreakings, talks about the need for affordable housing and creating a livable community designed by residents.

"Monsignor Linder regularly speaks with seniors who reside in NCC housing."


"50 People I Admire"
by Monsignor William J. Linder
(fourth in a series)

In my nearly 45 years here at the helm of New Community, I have met some most interesting and influential people. Many of these individuals are mentioned in a book I am currently working on about my life.

Special recognition will be given to all 50 at New Community's 45th Anniversary Gala taking place on March 9, 2013.

Frank & Mimi Walsh

Mr. and Mrs. Walsh are retired and live in Florida and New Jersey. Mr. Walsh was an investment banker and Mrs. Walsh a teacher and they founded the Sandy Hill Foundation, a small private foundation established for charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes. Both Frank and Mimi have been involved in supporting and volunteering for numerous non-profit organizations. The Walshes have 2 children and 6 grandchildren.

"The Walshes are an extraordinary couple. Frank was on our board for New Community Foundation. As long-time supporters of New Community, I admire their consistency and belief that our work must continue over the long haul to provide for those most in need. They are one of our most consistent supporters."

Monsignor William J. Linder

Frederick Franck, noted Artist & Author

Frederick Franck created The Icons, steel sculptures on public display in the US, Holland, Belgium and Argentina. Four of his Icons were an anonymous gift dedicated to New Community in 1995 and on permanent display at several locations on NCC properties. NCC's 4 Icons range in size from 4 to 16 feet in height. Franck, born in the Netherlands in 1909, authored over 28 books on Africa, art and spirituality and was knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who herself visited NCC in 1968 and is an honoree of Monsignor's "50 People I Admire."

"Franck was an artistic genius. His 4 Icons brings a sort of 'spiritual calmness' to our properties with a very special meaning in each of the sculptures. They all are beautiful and I really like our icons, but I especially like Phoenix rising, which symbolizes the legendary bird rising triumphantly from its ashes and represents the revitalization of Newark's badly wounded community. His Icons are all symbolic and remarkably beautiful."

Monsignor William J. Linder

Joseph V. Doria Jr., Former Commissioner, NJ Dept of Community Affairs

Joe Doria served as Commissioner from 2007 to 2009. Prior to the Dept of Community Affairs, serving for nearly a quarter century in the NJ General Assembly, Doria sponsored more than 240 bills that were signed into law. During his years in the Assembly, Doria authored major pieces of legislation in the areas of education, consumer protection, healthcare and transportation. He is responsible for measures to decrease state bureaucracy, especially in the areas of environmental protection and healthcare. Doria was the sponsor of laws giving NJ's public colleges and universities greater autonomy. He also wrote the legislation allowing new mothers to stay in the hospital 48 hours after giving birth. Doria resigned as Commissioner in the wake of a corruption probe. Doria was cleared of all charges by the U.S. Attorney's office in October 2011. (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Doria)

"We lost a very good person when Doria resigned. He is another example of how to be a good public servant and he always tried hard to make a difference while he served in office. He was very helpful to us at NCC when we had to tear down Homes Court and make way for new development. It was time and he supported our efforts."

Monsignor William J. Linder


Thomas E. Durkin, Jr., Founder, Law Firm of Durkin & Durkin

Tom Durkin has had a distinguished career in private practice for over 50 years. He founded Durkin & Durkin, LLP, in Newark in 1953, later moving the firm to West Caldwell. His expertise is in labor law and federal criminal defense litigation. He has a reputation as a tenacious litigator and has argued countless cases, including appearing before the United States Supreme Court. He is active in civic, community and church affairs. Pope John Paul II conferred the Order of Saint Gregory the Great upon him in recognition of his contributions to the Church. He also served in the New Jersey State Assembly.

"Tommy was a very close friend to us and his devotion to the Catholic faith really drove his civic responsibilities. He and I became very good friends."

Monsignor William J. Linder

Bishop Joseph A. Francis

The Most Rev. Joseph A. Francis, an auxiliary bishop of Newark for 19 years who was one of the first black priests in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church to speak out against racism. Bishop Francis, the fourth black Roman Catholic bishop in the country and the first to be assigned in the Northeast, called his appointment ''the second great challenge'' of his life. The first, in 1967, was founding the Verbum Dei High School in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was the principal for six years, until he was appointed a provincial, or principal administrator, for the Southern Province of the Society of the Divine Word, a Catholic order that has its headquarters in Bay St. Louis, Miss. He was the first black priest to be named to that post. Within the Archdiocese of Newark, Bishop Francis worked to decentralize authority and reach out to parishioners.(source: http://www.nytimes.com/

"Bishop Francis was always supportive of New Community and in our work for those in need. He was a real advocate for our faith and broke the color barrier. He was a true friend working so hard to expand the Catholic faith in Essex County."

Monsignor William J. Linder

Steven B. Hoskins, Former Managing Partner, McCarter & English

In his professional career, Mr. Hoskins has represented public school districts, including Berkeley Heights; Caldwell-West Caldwell; Millburn; Montclair and Summit, for over 25 years. He has also represented Newark's state-operated school district since 1995 in employment law and tort litigation in federal and state courts. Mr. Hoskins has twice served as Managing Partner of McCarter & English, and has retired.

"I met Steve during the early days of NCC. He took over the legal reigns from Engelhard, for the housing project. A lot of his work in the areas of real estate and development became model legislation for the State. He was remarkably strong in representing the non-profit in real estate and tax deals. Also, he became very involved with our foundation. He was there for us when we really needed him."
Monsignor William J. Linder

Dr. Paul Kearney
Dr. Paul Kearney was a highly regarded pediatrician who practiced for many years in Short Hills. A graduate of Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, he married Maryann, a nurse. Dr. Kearney was a pediatrician for many influential families in New Jersey, including that of Gov. Tom Kean.

"When Babyland started, they put out a request for a doctor to help them and none of the doctors in the local community responded. Paul, all the way from Short Hills, called asking if he could volunteer. He ended up giving us all of his Wednesdays, every week. Many other doctors would send their children to him. Later he studied geriatrics and became our Medical Director when we opened the New Community nursing home. His devotion to our community and to the people at NCC was remarkable."
Monsignor William J. Linder


(Series to be continued in January)


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