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Jesuit returns to Britain after 51 years

Fr Ted Rogers worked in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe for half a century but is returning because of his health

By on Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Fr Ted Rogers SJ pictured with Pope John Paul II                                                                           (Photo: Paddy Kearney)

Fr Ted Rogers SJ pictured with Pope John Paul II (Photo: Paddy Kearney)

Fr Ted Rogers, a famous Jesuit who has worked in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe for the past 51 years, will return soon to Britain.

During a recent visit to South Africa to finalise publication of his memoirs, the 86-year-old suffered heart failure and a major lung problem. His doctors have said that he needs to live at a lower altitude than is possible in Zimbabwe with oxygen support for 16 hours a day. His superiors have arranged for him to move to Britain where he will be closer to his family.

Fr Rogers said: “After 51 years in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe I have left with three pairs of trousers, five shirts, two pairs of shoes, a four-year-old laptop and a camera. I am not just resigned, but peaceful and happy.”