Father Keith Canterbury

Father Keith Edward Canterbury, a beloved priest of the Diocese of Sacramento for more than 25 years and who served for 12 years as pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Weaverville, died on Feb. 16, 2020, in Weaverville. He was 90.

Bishop Jaime Soto will preside at a funeral Mass for Father Canterbury at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at St. Joseph Church, 2040 Walnut Ave. in Redding. A reception will follow the Mass. A vigil service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at St. Joseph Church in Redding.

A celebration of life, including a potluck lunch, will be held at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Weaverville at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7.

Father Canterbury, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Weaverville from September 1996 to August 2008, retired on Aug. 19, 2008, and was named pastor emeritus of St. Patrick Parish.

He served as parochial vicar of St. Anthony Parish in Sacramento for six months following his ordination, and then for 18 months as parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish in Red Bluff.

As pastor of St. Patrick in Weaverville, he was also responsible for four outlying missions and stations: Holy Trinity Mission in Hayfork, St. Gilbert Mission in Lewiston, Mad River station and Trinity Center station.

A native of Faribault, Minn., Father Canterbury grew up on his family’s farm until the 11th grade, when his family moved to Minneapolis. In 1946, at age 17, he joined the war effort. He served for 20 years in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of three wars in World War II, Korea, Vietnam.

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