Sep 28, 2021An evening to say thank you and recognition of service to the diocese

An evening to say thank you and recognition of service to the diocese

When: Friday, November 5, 2021, 6 p.m.
Where: Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City

Please join us for a light reception to honor the service of The Rt. Rev. Martin & Donna Field and The Rev. Dr. Steven & Mary Rottgers. The reception will be held in Founders’ Hall, following Evensong at 6 p.m.


Our goal is to ensure the safety and well-being of all guests. We will follow the COVID-19 guidelines mandated by the authorities at the time of the event and any added measures suggested by the Standing Committee. The arrangements in place at this time are that you must be fully vaccinated and willing and able to comply with wearing a mask covering your nose and mouth for the duration of the event. This requirement does not apply when you’re actively eating or drinking. Additionally, all guests will be asked to sign a COVID waiver upon arrival.

Registration is closed.

The Rt. Rev. Martin S. Field, the 8th Bishop of West Missouri, was consecrated on March 5, 2011, and served until his 65th birthday, September 13 of this year. His 10½ years of leadership were marked by significant developments in the life of the diocese.

Among them are the inauguration of the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry, Leadership Boot Camp, Summer Church Summit, and Bishop’s Days.

Also, the diocese was able to lower parochial assessments five times, to realign investments to achieve significantly higher returns, and to conceive a process for assessment relief to aid financially challenged parishes.

Further, the diocese’s three deaneries were empowered and resourced to enhance collaboration and mutual support among their parishes.

Lastly, Bishop Field ordained 43 persons to Holy Orders and confirmed or received 1,074 persons. He led 11 diocesan conventions, conducted many clergy retreats, took part in eight Cursillo Weekends, and much more. Additionally, he fulfilled a variety of collateral responsibilities with the Saint Luke’s Health System and other community-service institutions.

The Rev. Dr. Steven R. Rottgers started his work as Canon to the Ordinary in November of 2012. His nine years of leadership have contributed to multiple areas of development in The Diocese of West Missouri.

Among them are his participation in teaching at the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry, creating Leadership Boot Camp that now has over 100 alumni, creating the Summer Church Summit as well as The Bishop’s Days with Vestry, Wardens and Administration gathering, which was held annually in both the northern and southern portions of the diocese.

In May of 2017, Canon Rottgers was the initiator and facilitator of Awakening the Spirit, a community-wide event that included a special opportunity to hear The Most Rev. Michael Curry share his message about the power of love. Presiding Bishop Curry was joined by his Evangelism Support Staff members who also spoke as Awakening the Spirit filled Kansas City’s Power and Light District and then on the next day, shared this same message in the southern portion of the diocese at Hammond Field in Springfield.

As part of the Shaping Our Future Task Force, Canon Rottgers conducted three regional gatherings of clergy, laity and youth to survey their input for the work of the diocese and Bishop Field. Over 4,000 responses were collected that informed a priority weighted list of 34 topics identified for work and attention.

As Transition Officer, he attended and participated in local parish worship and leadership meetings and workshops. He has aided in 70 clergy transitions and clergy transitions in 44 of the 48 congregations of the diocese.

Canon Rottgers and his wife, Mary have been part of the Leadership Teams of six Cursillo Weekends held in the diocese.

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