Sunday, March 16, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, IL: Keith Roderick, Defender of the Persecuted Church, passes away

By Michael Ireland, Special Reporter
ASSIST News Service
March 12, 2014

Very Reverend Keith Roderick,The Episcopal Church's only Canon for Persecuted Christians, passed away during the night of Monday, March 10 at his home in Springfield, Illinois.

Roderick was known as Father Keith to thousands of the oppressed across the globe -- from believers in the Soviet Union, to Copts, to redeemed slaves and persecuted Christians from Sudan and South Sudan.

Roderick had served the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield as Provost of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, and had previously served under the Rt. Rev. Keith Ackerman in the Diocese of Quincy as The Episcopal Church's only Canon for Persecuted Christians.

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