Mark Roth to serve diocese as Director of Development
Dighton native to help ensure that parishes, schools build strong financial base
Liberal resident Mark Roth is the new full-time Director of Development for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City and will begin his ministry on December 16. Previously, development activities were handled by Eric Haselhorst who will continue as the Stewardship Director for the diocese.
After a development summit held last year, attended by pastors and laity from various Catholic organizations and councils in the diocese, the recommendation to pursue a full-time development director was given. Catholic Extension Society has provided a three-year grant of more than $130,000 to help finance this new ministry position. Dan Stremel, Finance Director for the diocese, said, “The development summit was the beginning step in pursuing a full-time development position. Our long-time supporters in ministry, Catholic Extension Society, saw the value in having a full-time development director too and have responded favorably to our request for financial assistance”.
Roth, a native of Dighton, has served as Vice President of the First National Bank of Liberal for 16 years. He has been married for 33 years to Lila, who was born and reared in Kinsley. They have two grown children: Philip, who is married to Kimberly and serves in the Air Force; and Amanda, who lives in Kansas City with her husband, B.J.
Roth earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Newman University in Wichita. Part of his job will include helping diocesan entities -- including schools, parishes, and members of the curia -- develop strategies that will provide financial stability for all ministries of the people of the diocese
While the specifics of the job description are being drawn out, Roth anticipates spending a lot of time on the road visiting with schools, parishes, endowment boards, Knights of Columbus councils, and other groups across the diocese. He will also visit with potential donors, assist with estate and planned giving presentations, write grants, and educate people about the needs of the Church in southwest Kansas and beyond. One of the first projects will be to implement a data base management system for the diocese.
“Mark brings the personal characteristics we were looking for in our Development Director – namely, ministerial commitment and the willingness to succeed, as well as the business and people skills that are needed to share our mission with the people of the Diocese,” said Stremel. I’ve known Mark for several years now and am excited to work with him as we continue to enhance ministry to the people of the diocese”.
Roth, Past State Deputy for the Knights of Columbus, sees his new position as a way to live out his Catholic faith more.
“I’m really excited and ready to get started,” he said. When he served as state deputy for the K of C, Roth attended Kansas Catholic Conference gatherings where he met with the Kansas bishops, sharing thoughts and ideas, and listening to their input.
His new job, he said, will be an extension of that – getting out into the community, sharing ideas and listening to others, all with the intent of growing a financial base on which parishes and other Catholic entities can thrive.
“I’m very excited to get out and meet people and to get involved.”
From Bishop John B. Brungardt
We are pleased to have a native son of the diocese, Mark Roth, as our new full-time Director of Development. Mark brings a wealth of experience to assist parishes, institutions, and the diocese in the extraordinary stewardship of tithe/alms. We are often called to an extra generosity, a benevolence that is “above and beyond” our ordinary sharing in the collection basket each Sunday.
Some examples of extraordinary stewardship of tithe/alms: the parish or diocese has an appeal for a building project, giving to relief efforts for a natural disaster (the Philippines or Sandy hurricanes, the Haiti earthquake, the Illinois tornadoes), the seminarian fund, our Catholic Schools, Catholic Social Service or other ways to assist those in need, you decide to put the parish, diocese, or other charity in your will, etc.
We thank the Catholic Extension Society and many generous and sacrificial donors here in the diocese for providing resources for this expansion to our development efforts.
Our Loving Lord has blessed us with many gifts; He asks us to share our financial resources with enthusiasm and joy. “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
+ Bishop John Brungardt