Msgr. William Rodgers Made History as the First Black Priest Ordained in the Diocese of Brooklyn

In his 96 years of life, Msgr. William Rodgers could boast of numerous noteworthy achievements. He mastered multiple languages and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree at St. John’s University. But even more importantly, he was known as the first black priest ordained in the Diocese of Brooklyn — a distinction that made him proud. But he was humble about it.