Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Andrew Robideaux is diocese’s new Director of Development

the Inland Register

(From the August 16, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop Blase Cupich announced Aug. 6 the selection of Andrew Robideaux (right) as the new Director of Development for the Diocese of Spokane. He begins his duties Monday, Aug. 13.

A committee of laity representing the diocese and the Eastern Washington Catholic Foundation conducted the search and selection process, examining several applicants for the position.

“My main goal was to build on the fine work of Chris Smith, our former Director of Development,” said Bishop Cupich. “I thank Chris for all he did as the diocese’s Development Director prior to his illness.

“I see development as an aspect of the life of the Church,” said Bishop Cupich. “It involves partnership, stewardship, and ownership. I look forward to working with Andy as he takes up his new responsibilities, and pledge the support of the diocese for his every success.”

Robideaux is a Spokane native, a graduate of both Gonzaga Prep and Gonzaga University.

He is a 16-year veteran of the advertising profession, and for six years has owned and operated his own public relations/advertising firm, Robideaux Inc. Over the years, he has specialized in marketing and development in the non-profit sector, including work on behalf of Ronald McDonald House and, for over a decade, Catholic Charities Spokane, where he was involved in creating and implementing Catholic Charities’ fundraising strategy, including all aspects of marketing, branding, web and video, with specific attention to Catholic Charities’ annual Christmas Collection. Most recently he has been part of the Nazareth Guild effort in support of the diocese’s Catholic schools.

As Director of Development, Robideaux will have several areas of responsibility, including fund-raising, planning, and management; donor development; and administration. He will coordinate annual appeals and collections and initiate and oversee grant writing, while working closely with the priests and employees of the diocese.

Robideaux said he is looking forward to beginning a new career path with Diocese of Spokane. He is excited about the direction Bishop Cupich is taking the diocese and is committed to helping achieve its goals.

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