William Clifford Newman

William Clifford Newman (August 16, 1928 – May 20, 2017) was an American clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore from 1984 to 2003.

William Clifford Newman
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Baltimore
Titular Bishop of Numluli
AppointedMay 25, 1984
InstalledJuly 2, 1984
Term endedAugust 28, 2003
Other postsTitular Bishop of Numluli
OrdinationMay 29, 1954
ConsecrationJuly 2, 1984
by William Donald Borders, Thomas Austin Murphy, and Eugene Antonio Marino
Personal details
Born(1928-08-16)August 16, 1928
Baltimore, Maryland
DiedMay 20, 2017(2017-05-20) (aged 88)
Timonium, Maryland
Styles of
William Clifford Newman
Mitre (plain).svg
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop


William Newman was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from Calvert Hall College in 1946.[1] He then entered St. Charles College in Catonsville, and later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary's Seminary in 1950. In 1954, he received a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.[1] He was ordained to the priesthood on May 29, 1954.[2] His first assignment was as assistant pastor at St. Elizabeth Church in Baltimore.[1]

From 1962 to 1967, Newman served as the first principal of St. Paul's Latin High School.[1] He was raised to the rank of Papal Chamberlain by Pope Paul VI in June 1965. That same year, he received a Master's degree from Loyola College. From 1967 to 1976, he served as superintendent of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.[1] During this time, he also became involved in several civic and religious organizations, and served as Secretary of Education for the archdiocese (1972-1974).[1] He became pastor of SS. Philip and James Church in 1976, and rector of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in 1981.[1]

On May 25, 1984, Newman was appointed an auxiliary bishop for Baltimore and titular Bishop of Numluli by Pope John Paul II.[2] He received his episcopal ordination on the following July 2 from Archbishop William Borders, with Bishops Thomas Murphy and Eugene Marino, S.S.J., serving as co-consecrators.[2] As an auxiliary bishop, he served as vicar general and episcopal vicar for the Eastern Vicariate of the archdiocese.[1]

Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, he served as a member of the Committees on Education, Religious Life and Ministry, and on Women in the Church and Society.[1] He also has represented the U.S. bishops in the Catholic-Jewish Consultations under the Committee on Interreligious and Ecumenical Affairs. In 1997, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services.[1]

After reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75, Newman resigned as an auxiliary bishop on August 28, 2003.[2] Bishop Newman died in hospice in Timonium, Maryland on May 20, 2017 at the age of 88.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Most Rev. William C. Newman". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bishop William Clifford Newman". Catholic-Hierarchy.org.[self-published source]
  3. ^ Brown, Matthew Hay (May 20, 2017). "William C. Newman, auxiliary bishop for Archdiocese of Baltimore and former superintendent of its schools, dies". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved May 21, 2017.