Episcopal priest Patrick Augustine receives the Cross of St. Augustine

From the LaCrosse Tribune:

The pastor of Christ Episcopal Church in La Crosse has received the

Anglican Church’s second-highest honor from the Archbishop of


Bishop Ed Leidel presented the Rev. Patrick Augustine with the Cross

of St. Augustine during a surprise ceremony Dec. 16.

In the citation for the award, Archbishop Rowan Williams wrote of

Augustine’s “lifelong commitment to defend the free exercise of faith

in countries where believers are marginalized and persecuted” and the

hope and reconciliation he’s brought to communities that have endured

decades of conflict, violence, poverty and persecution.

One of only three people to receive the award this year, Augustine said his parish and the people of La Crosse, where he’s based his ministry for the past decade, share in the honor.

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