Current Post: Pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newark, N.J.

History: Deeply involved in civil rights movement in the 60s; founder of New Community Corporation in the troubled Central Ward of Newark.

Achievements:- For more than 30 years has led the New Community Corporation, now the Central Ward's largest employer of minorities and one of its foremost economic players with a budget of $200 million; received a “genius” grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Vision: Fully integrating social action in religiously oriented pastoral work; preferential option for the poor; do it yourself rather than wait for government; Central Ward to become the preferred place to live in Newark.

Personal : Ordained in 1963; doctorate from Fordham University.