Ministry Alumna Recognized by Dallas’ African American Catholic Community
Date published: Mar. 21, 2016
After receiving a master of pastoral ministry degree in 2007, Lari Newman-Williams
returned to the School of Ministry in 2012 for a graduate certificate in church management.
Her responsibilities as parish administrator at Dallas’ Holy Cross Catholic Church
include business and facilities management, human resources and payroll. She serves
on the parish pastoral council and liturgy committee and as parish liaison to the
Newman-Williams has been recognized by the National Black Catholic Congress for her
service to Dallas’ African-American Catholic Community.
A lover of music, Newman-Williams is a master cantor for parish liturgies and also
assists with the choir at Bishop Dunne Catholic School. Youth ministry is a longtime
passion of hers. Upon retirement, Newman-Williams hopes to travel with her husband
of 32 years, with whom she has a daughter.
“My biggest satisfaction is being of service to the people of God, especially when
individuals come to me, and I’m able to counsel them, advise them of scriptures to
read for wisdom and encouragement, and find resources and opportunities to enrich
their lives,” said Newman-Williams.
Newman Williams was also recognized by the School of Ministry with the “Lumen Gentium”
award, an honor given to an alumnus of the School of Ministry Graduate Program. In
2013, she demonstrated her continued support for her alma mater when she began working
on a research project on contemporary parish life with undergraduate pastoral ministry
majors at the School of Ministry. Newman-Williams also recently visited the University
of Dallas in January to contribute to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Symposium.
Originally published in Tower Magazine, Winter 2015.