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.