Father Keith Roderick, RIP

The diocesan family was stunned this past Tuesday morning with news of the sudden death during the night of the Very Reverend Keith Roderick, Provost of the Cathedral Church of St Paul theĀ Apostle in Springfield.

keith Roderick(2)Fr Roderick, 61, had previously served as rector of St Andrew’s, Carbondale until his call to the cathedral last year, and, earlier in several other congregations in the southern part of the diocese. He was also rector for several years of St George’s, Macomb, in the Diocese of Quincy.. The coroner has since reported that the cause of death was a massive heart attack.

Unbeknownst to many in the diocese, he had a significant worldwide reputation in the area of advocacy for persecuted Christian communities, particularly in Islamic countries.

The Burial Office and Requiem Mass for Fr Roderick will be celebrated Monday, March 17, 11am, at St Paul’s. Interment will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will take place the evening before, 4-7pm, at the cathedral.

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  • Cindy Castano Swannack April 16, 2014, 6:21 am

    My dear, dear friend and colleague in the fight for freedom and religious liberty in the harshest places on Earth, I will miss and mourn. Keith was a beacon of light in a dark world. May he enjoy the peace, love and joy of eternal oneness with our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Glory. My prayers are with his family, for grace and strength to endure this great loss.

    • fred lazin December 29, 2014, 9:21 am

      i am doing research on the late Sister Ann Gillen. She worked with Rev. Keith. Did you know her as well?

      please contact me fred lazin

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