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 the Apostle in Springfield.
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.