The Ancient Faith for Modern Times Conference

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$50 Clergy Retreat (3/16 AND 3/17)

$25 Lay Individual (3/17)

$40 Lay Couple (3/17)

Join us for The Ancient Faith for Modern Times Conference!

Join St. Patrick’s for a unique time of teaching and encouragement from Bishop Keith Ackerman.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16th, CLERGY RETREAT (Open to all clergy in ADOTS)

Friday March 16th will be a retreat day for clergy, aspirants and postulants to come and reflect on Anglican Ecclesiology and Sacramental Theology and how these inform and equip us for mission.  We will begin with morning prayer and then several teaching sessions with the Bishop.  We will conclude with Evening Prayer and a Q&A session.  All clergy of the Anglican Diocese of the South are encouraged to attend.  Cost for clergy is $50 and is good for both Friday and Saturday and lunch both days.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17th, LAY RETREAT (Open to all Laity.  Clergy may also attend.)

Saturday, March 17th will be a Laity Retreat.  This is also open to ADOTS parishes.  Bp. Ackerman’s topic will focus on Anglican Churchmanship for today’s world.  He will also speak on the nature of the Church and Sacraments, including Marriage in the modern age.  Lunch will be provided.  Cost is $25 for individuals and $40 for couples.

SUNDAY, MARCH 18th, 9am and 11am Masses

Sunday, March 18th, St. Patrick’s will celebrate the feast of our patron St. Patrick and Bishop Ackerman will preach and celebrate at both the 9am and 11am services.


Keith Lynn Ackerman was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania August 3, 1946.  On August 19, 1967 he married Joann Bevacqua at St. Mary’s Church (Episcopal) in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned a B.S. in Psychology from Marymount College in Salina, KS in 1971 while working at the St. Francis Boys’ Home in Ellsworth Kansas, a home for delinquent boys.  He concurrently did graduate studies in psychology under the supervision of Ronald C. Force. He went on to receive a M.Div. from Nashotah House, Wisconsin, in 1974 and a D.D. from the same institution in 1994.  Ordained to the Diaconate in 1974 at Nashotah House, he was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood the same year in Long Island by Bishop William Davidson of the Diocese of Western Kansas.

Fr. Ackerman was elected Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Quincy on January 8, 1994, and was consecrated June, 29, 1994 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in the See city of Peoria.

During his Episcopacy a significant emphasis was placed on the spiritual life of the Clergy and Lay Leaders including the Diocesan School for Ministry.  While he was immediately thrust into an international, national and regional ministry that included great ecclesiastical chaos, he sought to establish order based on the principles of the Anglo-Catholic Revival and the Oxford Movement.  These principles included a passion for ministering to the theologically marginalized, worship as a fore-taste of Heaven, the conversion of the culture, and Christ’s Sacramental presence in the home, in the neighborhood, and in “the market place.”

In an attempt to revitalize the Diocese of Quincy in the year 2000 he instituted a “Jubilee Year” policy whereby all debts to the Diocese owed by parishes and missions were forgiven, and immediately began a capital campaign.  The campaign finances allowed for a full time youth missioner whose task was to evangelize youth and establish youth programs in all parts of the Diocese and beyond.  Donations to the campaign provided for the establishment of a Diocesan Center for Ministry and Mission

He is a Member of the College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America, serving on their Ecumenical Committee, the Prayer Book and Liturgy Task Force and the Archbishop’s Cabinet.

In “retirement”, Bishop Ackerman continues either to offer oversight to or serves on the Boards of numerous Religious Orders, Societies, Institutions and Organizations.  From November 1, 2009 until October 25, 2010 he served as Interim at St. Mark’s, Arlington Texas in the Diocese of Fort Worth, and has served as “interim” at St. Timothy’s Church, Fort Worth, from January 2011 until the present time.

He is a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, friend and counselor advocating for the poor, the homeless, the dispossessed and those discriminated against for their Faith.