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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dominican Father William Andrew Newman died on April 28 at George Washington University Hospital after a brief illness. He was 79.

Born on Feb. 12, 1930, in New Haven, he was the son of the late Thomas and Agnes (Carroll) Newman. He attended St. Mary Elementary School and St. Mary High School, both in New Haven. He was professed as a Dominican friar in 1951 and ordained to the priesthood on June 11, 1957, at St. Dominic Church in Washington.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin in 1952 from Providence College in Rhode Island and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in 1958 from the Pontifical University of the Immaculate Conception in Washington and Doctor of Sacred Theology degree (S.T.D.) in 1970 from The Catholic University of America in Washington.

From 1958-90, Father Newman had assignments in the teaching apostolate of the Province of St. Joseph. He taught at Aquinas College High School in Columbus, Ohio; Siena College in Memphis, Tenn.; Providence College; and the Pontifical University of the Immaculate Conception, where he also was the director of field education for the Dominican seminarians.

Father Newman also spent semesters teaching at St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore; Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.; and the Angelicum University in Rome.

Father Newman was the associate pastor at St. Dominic Parish in Washington from 1990 to 2007.

He moved to the Center for Assisted Living at St. Dominic Priory in Washington in April 2008.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 2 at St. Dominic Church in Washington. Burial followed at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Washington.

Donations in Father Newman’s memory may be made to the Dominican Friars Center for Assisted Living, 630 E St. SW, Washington, DC 20024.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.