La Crosse Church Leader Heads to Sudan on a Mission

Reverend Canon Patrick Augustine going to Sudan

A La Crosse church leader gets set to head to Southern Sudan to help those recovering from civil war, economic crisis and where religious persecution continues.

Next month, Reverend Canon Patrick Augustine will retire as the Rector of La Crosse’s Christ Episcopal Church after seventeen years.

Augustine knows this mission work will be extremely difficult because the war-torn area lacks even the most basic food, water and shelter.

“If people can give scholarship money for these children. We will get them new books, we will get them notebooks and pencils. They don’t have electricity in their classrooms. We would like to get solar panels. Last time I was there, there’s no fresh drinking water from 7:30 to 4:00 pm,” Augustine explained.

The 69-year-old Augustine will become an Assitant Bishop and begin his mission to Sudan in early June.

Bishop William Callahan of the La Crosse Catholic Diocese also spoke about their continued mission work in South America, where they’ve established soup kitchens and churches.

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