NCEA Remembers William Sadlier Dinger Upon His Death

William Sadlier Dinger, president emeritus of William H. Sadlier, Inc., was dedicated to Catholic education

Arlington VA -- The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) joins the Sadlier family, the publishing community and Catholic school educators in prayerful remembrance of William Sadlier Dinger, who died November 11. Mr. Dinger has been a longtime friend and staunch partner in Catholic education. At the time of his death, Mr. Dinger was president emeritus.  He was president from 1991 until 2016 and was one in a long line of family members who led the mission of publishing exceptional educational books that span core curriculum content and includes religious publications to meet the spiritual and educational needs of the Catholic community. 

“NCEA expresses profound sympathy and sends our heartfelt prayers to the entire Dinger family,” said Dr. Tom Burnford, NCEA President/CEO.  “Bill was a wonderful friend and mentor to me over the years, and I will miss him deeply.  His passion for Catholic education will long be remembered and his contributions to both the education and publishing communities will benefit children for generations to come.” 

At 186 years old, William H. Sadlier, Inc. is the oldest family-owned publishing company in the United States.  The division of Sadlier Religion publishes superior catechetical and sacramental preparation materials that faithfully present the teachings of the Catholic Church. Over the years, Sadlier has listened to and partnered with diocesan leadership, countless teachers and administrators, religious communities and priests, and curriculum and pedagogical experts. Through these important relationships, Sadlier forged significant catechetical and educational advancements widely used in Catholic schools.

It was the Sadlier family’s commitment to Catholic education that fostered the relationship between William H. Sadlier, Inc. and NCEA, dating back to1904 when NCEA was first organized.  William H. Sadlier, Inc. continues to be a platinum level corporate partner of NCEA and has the distinction of being the longest-standing continuous exhibitor at the annual NCEA Convention & Expo. Angela Dinger, Esq., Mr. Dinger’s niece, is a member of the NCEA Board of Directors and is vice president and general counsel at Sadlier. 

William H. Sadlier, Inc. has been a generous sponsor of NCEA events such as the annual Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards Gala, NCEA Convention & Expo award breakfasts and a proud exhibitor and sponsor at smaller conferences and meetings held by NCEA around the country.  

In 2009, Mr. Dinger and his brother Frank Sadlier Dinger were awarded the NCEA Elizabeth Ann Seton President's Award in recognition of outstanding commitment, service and lifelong support of religious education.