William Clifford Newman, a Baltimore native who served for nearly 20 years as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, died Saturday in hospice care at the Mercy Ridge Retirement Community in Timonium, the archdiocese said. He was 88.

Newman was auxiliary bishop for Baltimore, Harford and Anne Arundel counties from 1984 until his retirement in 2003. Before he was ordained a bishop, he served as the archdiocese's superintendent of schools and as secretary of education.


Archbishop William E. Lori said Newman "will long be remembered for his kind demeanor and his humble and generous service to the faithful of this, his home Archdiocese, for so many years."

"I had the blessing of visiting with and anointing Bishop Newman shortly before his death and found him to be the same ever-faithful, joyful, and gentle man he always was," Lori said in a statement. "He possessed the humility and peace of a bishop, priest, and disciple of Jesus who looked not with fear but with hope and anticipation to meeting Jesus, the Lord of Life."

Born Aug. 16, 1928, Newman graduated from Calvert Hall College in 1946 and entered St. Charles College in Catonsville to prepare for the priesthood. He earned a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's Seminary in 1950 and a licentiate of sacred theology from the Catholic University in 1954 with a STL degree. He was ordained that year to the priesthood.

Newman served as assistant pastor at St. Elizabeth Church in Baltimore from 1954 to 1962 and as principal of St. Paul's Latin High School from 1962 to 1967.

He earned a master's degree in education, administration and supervision from Loyola College in 1965 with additional credits in the theory and practice of counseling.

Newman served as superintendent of schools from 1967 to 1976 and as secretary of education from 1972 to 1974. In that position, he directed all forms of Christian education within the archdiocese.

He returned to parish work in 1976 with appointments as pastor of SS. Philip and James, Baltimore, and rector of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. He was ordained a bishop in 1984.

Newman served on the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission established in 1962 to implement the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy approved by the Second Vatican Council.

As a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Newman served on the committees for education, religious life and ministry, women in the church and society, and preparing for the third millennium. He represented the bishops in Catholic-Jewish consultations under the committee on interreligious and ecumenical affairs.

He also served on the boards of many organizations, including Catholic Relief Services, Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland, and Catholic Charities of Baltimore.