His mission focused on inclusiveness and racial justice, opening the doors of the church to the entirety of a neighborhood that consisted primarily of persons who were poverty-stricken, Black or Latino. Ledlie committed himself to work on many issues in urban situations, including the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. He spent fifty impactful years between Newark, Greenwich Village, and Florence, Italy. Summarizing his time in parish ministry, Ledlie said, “I helped congregations figure out how they were called to respond to the needs of others around them, and to do so.”
Ledlie was a frequent patron of the Mahaiwe along with his wife Roxana. She remains a devoted patron of the Mahaiwe, currently enjoying Scott Eyerly’s biweekly opera talks.
Ledlie had a keen eye for opportunities to bring joy and unity among groups of people. The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is proud to have been recognized by Ledlie as an organization that aligned with his mission of hope, generosity, and inclusion.