Lesle M. Knop, MS, CFRE - Director, Stewardship and Development
Describe your responsibilities and how long you’ve been at the Archdiocese.
I serve as the head of the Division of Stewardship and Giving for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. I am the Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas and the Office of Stewardship and Development of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. I serve in an ex officio capacity for the Archdiocesan Finance Council, the Catholic Education Foundation Board of Directors, and I served as a member of the Catholic Care Campus, Inc., (a.k.a. Santa Marta) Board of Directors. I am a member of the Board of Regents of Conception Seminary College. I have been an Archdiocesan employee since 2006.
Why did/do you feel called to work here? What do you love most about what you do? How does the Archbishop and other clergy leadership rely on your advice and decision-making?
We each have a universal calling by virtue of our baptism and confirmation – to love God and neighbor and to do one’s part in the mission of the Church. My first calling is as a wife and mother. My husband and I live in rural Miami County, Kansas, and are members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Paola. We are parents of five adult married children and the grandparents of ten amazing grandchildren. In 2006, I felt called to use the gifts and charisms that God bestowed upon me to be of greater service for the sake of the growth and the life of the Church. As a full time employee of the Archdiocese, I look forward every day to fulfill my principal responsibilities to direct stewardship and development activities including stewardship education, planned giving, and the Archbishop’s Call to Share, the annual appeal that funds 43 important ministries of the Archdiocese. I direct the operations of the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas and the management of assets held in endowments and funds for the benefit of parishes, schools and Catholic organizations. I direct the operations of extraordinary fund-raising activities, such as Archdiocesan capital campaigns, and serve as an advisor to parishes and organizations on extraordinary fund-raising. My “co-workers in the vineyard” are faith-filled men and women whose dedication to their work and to the Catholic Church inspires me with Christ’s goodness. The people with whom I work have skills and talents that I do not possess, and are a daily reminder that Christ is the vine; we are the branches. God is part of every relationship I have, the air I breathe, and this intimate awareness of God is reinforced through interactions with other Catholics, the clergy and the Archbishop.