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Brother James Joseph Roth, CSC

Brother James Joseph Roth, CSC

Brother James Joseph Roth, CSC

January 4, 1922 – November 12, 2010



The prayers of the members of the Congregation of Holy Cross are requested for the repose of the soul of Brother James Roth, CSC, a member of the Eastern Province of Brothers who died at Dujarie House, Notre Dame, IN.  Brother James was in the 57th year of religious life in the Congregation.


James Joseph Roth was born on January 4, 1922 to Edward Michael Roth and Margaret Cecilia Donegan, the third child in a family of five children.  James attended Blessed Trinity Grammar School and Riverside High School in Buffalo, NY.  Following his graduation from high school, James was a dispatcher for Curtiss Propeller Corporation.  When the United States entered the Second World War, James entered the Army Air Corps on December 4, 1942, and earned the rank of Sergeant.  He was stationed at Bradley Field, CT, San Diego, CA, Langley Field, VA, and Camp Pinedale, Fresno, CA.  Following his discharge from the Army Air Corp on February 20, 1946, James attended The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC from 1949-1951, and Manhattan College, New York, NY from 1951-1953 where he earned his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree.  While at Manhattan College, James worked as a magnetron tester for the Federal Telephone and Radio Corporation.  James entered St. Joseph Juniorate, Valatie, NY on June 15, 1953, and he was received into the Congregation of Holy Cross at St. Joseph Novitiate, Rolling Prairie, IN where he pronounced his first vows on August 16, 1954.  On August 23, 1958, Brother James pronounced his perpetual vows in the Congregation and also took the Mission Vow.


His ministry as a mathematics teacher spanned over 50 years, starting at Dujarie Hall from 1954-55.   He then taught in various schools of the Congregation: Cathedral High School, Indianapolis, IN (1955-57), Holy Cross High School, Flushing, NY (1957-61 and 1970-74), Monsignor Coyle High School, Taunton, MA (1961-64), Vincentian High School, Albany, NY (1964-66 and 1968-70), and Bethlehem Catholic High School, Bethlehem, PA (1966-68).  It was during the summer months between 1964 to1969 that Brother James earned his MTS degree from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.  He was then assigned to the staff at St. Joseph Center, Valatie, NY (1974-76), before being assigned to Cardinal Mooney High School, Rochester, NY (1976-83) and Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, IN (1983-2001).  He moved to Columba Hall (2001-07), but continued to tutor at Holy Cross College.  In 2007, he retired from teaching ministry and moved to Schubert Villa, Notre Dame, IN for one year.  Due to failing health in 2008, Brother James moved to Dujarie House.  Brother James was a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.


Throughout his life he enjoyed playing tennis which was very difficult for him to give up as his health declined.  His academic background in Engineering and Mathematics fit well with his personality of exactness and precision.  In conversation, he would always choose his words carefully which made him extremely clear when teaching.


Brother James is the last of his family as all of his siblings have predeceased him.  He is survived by many nieces and nephews.


The Congregation of Holy Cross joins with his family and friends in celebrating the life and ministry of our brother James


May our brother James rest in God’s loving embrace! Ave Crux, Spes Unica!


There will be a Mass for Brother James on Monday November 15th at 7 pm at Dujarie House, Notre Dame, IN. 

On Wednesday November 17th  at 7 pm there will be a wake service at St. Joseph Center, Valatie, NY followed by mass and burial at 11 am on Thursday

If you will be coming to St. Joseph Center on Thursday, please RSVP for lunch following the burial: 518.784.9481 x209


In Holy Cross,


Br. Bill Zaydak, CSC



Eastern Province of Brothers