Volume 10 • Issue 7 July 2018 newcommunity.org

Honoring The Life And Legacy Of New Community Founder Monsignor William J. Linder

Monsignor William J. Linder lived a life of service, helping to better the lives of countless individuals during his time on earth. Many of those people gathered to pay tribute to him after his passing June 8 at the
age of 82.

Monsignor served others as a priest following his ordination in 1963. Five years later, he founded New Community Corporation, which has served inner-city residents for 50 years and continues to provide critical services like housing, job training, health care and child care.

Those who knew him say he fought to get what was needed for community members and helped others without expecting anything in return.

New Community CEO Richard Rohrman said Monsignor was very hands-on in his approach.


The Life And Accomplishments Of Monsignor William J. Linder

June 5, 1936: William Joseph Linder was born at Christ Hospital in Jersey City. His formative years were spent growing up in West New York, N.J., where the Linder family attended St. Joseph’s Parish.

1950: Linder attended St. Peter’s Prep High School in Jersey City, a Jesuit-run institution with a curriculum that emphasized social justice. He was introduced to the writings of Dorothy Day, a Catholic convert, journalist and social activist.

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