|Birth: ||Jan. 17, 1937|
New York, USA
|Death: ||May 15, 2011|
South Carolina, USA
Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Roth, Pastor of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Myrtle Beach, passed away May 15, 2011.
Monsignor Roth was born to Rudolph and Margaret Roth in Jackson Heights, N.Y., on January 17, 1937.
He graduated from Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception and Marist Preparatory College in New York. After college Monsignor Roth joined the Marist Brothers and was assistant principal at the order's high school in Kobe, Japan, from 1963 to 1973. While there, Monsignor Roth founded and was Scoutmaster of the International Boy Scouts of America Troop 59. He received many Scouting honors including Order of the Arrow, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Roman Catholic St. George Award and a Scouter's Key. After serving in Japan, Monsignor Roth followed his calling to become a priest. He attended Pope John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts.
Monsignor Roth was ordained a deacon in 1978 at St. John Neumann Church in Columbia, S.C. and ordained as a priest at Sacred Heart Church, Bayside, N.Y., by Bishop Ernest L. Unterkoefler in 1979. He was named a Prelate of Honor and received the title monsignor in 1991, and was appointed Protonotary Apostolic Supernumerary by Pope John Paul II in 2004. After his ordination, Monsignor Roth worked in the Diocese of Charleston in various positions including pastor of Christ the Divine Teacher, The Citadel, Stella Maris Catholic Church on Sullivan's Island, St. Mary Help of Christians in Aiken and St. Andrew Catholic in Myrtle Beach. He was also Director of the Office of the Diaconate for the Diocese. He left St. Andrew's in September 2000 when he was appointed co-vicar general with Msgr. Martin T. Laughlin by Bishop Robert J. Baker. In 2001, he was appointed pastor of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston. He served in both capacities until he returned to St. Andrew's as pastor in 2008.
In addition to his pastoral work, Monsignor Roth had great affection and admiration for the members of the Fire and Police Departments. He attended the South Carolina Fire Academy in Columbia and was a state-certified structural firefighter as well as a certified instructor at the South Carolina Fire Academy. In 1984, he became the Chaplain of the South Carolina State Firemen's Association, the first Catholic priest to have that honor, and a position he held for over 25 years. He received the Life Saving Medal and a proclamation of recognition for lifesaving from the Myrtle Beach Fire Department. He also served as Chaplain for the Fire and Police Departments in Aiken, Myrtle Beach, Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms, Mount Pleasant, James Island, Charleston and North Charleston. In 2006, he was the first Catholic priest to be named to the South Carolina State Firefighters Hall of Fame. In 2010, Monsignor was named the Chaplain for Carolina Life Care and was awarded a flight suit to be worn on Life Care missions.
Monsignor Roth was predeceased by his parents, Margaret and Rudolph, and two brothers, Rudolph and Vincent. He is survived by his nephews Vincent Roth, Jr., and Patrick Roth and two nieces, Susan Boone and Margaret Roth plus several grand-nephews and nieces.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m., May 19, 2011, at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Myrtle Beach, with The Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of the Diocese of Charleston, SC, the celebrant. Final Prayers and Committal Service will be held 4:30 p.m., May 19, 2011, at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Holy Cross Cemetery
South Carolina, USA
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Record added: May 16, 2011
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Added: Jan. 9, 2013
Thank you for your dedication to firefighting and firefighters everywhere. Rest in peace always Monsignor Roth and God bless.|
Added: May. 16, 2011
You are thought of and remembered today Monsignor Roth ~ we know you are now in the presence of our wonderful Savior ~ rest in God's care always.|
Added: May. 16, 2011