ST. FRANCIS — Fr. David H. Reith, pastor of St. Dominic Parish, Brookfield, has been appointed by Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki to serve as Vicar for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, according to a July 12 press release from Catholic Charities.
“Fr. Dave is a very spiritual and compassionate priest and an extremely gifted leader,” said Archbishop Listecki in announcing the appointment. “He has demonstrated that leadership in various archdiocesan roles over the years. In his new role as vicar, I know Fr. Dave will guide the agency with a pastor’s heart. Vicar Reith is my representative and will be the public face and voice of Catholic Charities as he promotes the agency’s commitment to serving the poor.”
According to the release, Fr. Reith will work closely with the agency’s Board of Trustees and with Ricardo Cisneros, who has been serving as interim executive director, in advancing the mission of Catholic Charities to provide services to the poor in the archdiocese which serves 10 counties in southeastern Wisconsin.
Cisneros, who will assume the title, “Chief Operating Officer” will continue to oversee the day-to-day operation of the agency.
Fr. Reith, who was ordained a priest in 1976, is a Milwaukee native. He has served as associate pastor at St. Mary Parish, Burlington, and Blessed Sacrament Parish, Milwaukee. He was chaplain and head of the religion department at St. Joseph High School, Kenosha and also served as pastor of St. Mary Parish, Burlington.
On the archdiocesan level, he as served on the Priest Senate, Council of Priests, as Dean of District Three, and as a member of the Priest Placement Board, the Board of Trustees of Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, as chair of the Pastor’s Policy Committee for the Archdiocesan Faith in our Future Campaign, and as a member of the Steering Committee for the Archdiocesan Faith in our Future Campaign.
In addition to his new appointment as vicar, Fr. Reith will continue in his role at St. Dominic.
Fr. Reith joins an agency that has been recognized with Charity Navigator’s Four Star award, GuideStar’s Platinum rating and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s top work places for 2016.
In 2015, Catholic Charities impacted the lives of 36,696 people with 87 percent of clients earning less than $15,000 annually.