Wednesday, March 25, 2015


  • Task planning at home. Way more in the queue for this week than I will be able to accomplish.
  • Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Met with Bonnie Roberts, the cathedral office manager, to talk about issues related to the service bulletins for the Chrism Mass, Palm Sunday, and Holy Week.
  • Brought my working notes for tonight's Lenten teaching series from "rough" to "polished."
  • Worked on the bulletin for the early Palm Sunday liturgy at the cathedral; delivered it to Bonnie via email.
  • Rushed off to an appointment with a dermatologist at Springfield Clinic. I've been having some skin irritation issues that seem to be traceable to a reaction to the gel used in an echocardiogram procedure a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully we have a handle on it now, but it's been tricky.
  • Began the work of refining and polishing my homily for this Sunday.
  • Attended Mass in the cathedral chapel for the feast of the Annunciation or Our Lady.
  • Lunch at home. Leftovers.
  • Completed refining this Sunday's sermon.
  • Spoke by phone with Fr John Henry as he wore his Chair-of-the-Commission-on-Ministry hat.
  • Identified a Maundy Thursday sermon from a previous year that has the potential to be repurposed for use next week. Began work toward that end.
  • Arranged for contributions from the discretionary fund to the Illinois Conference of Churches, and to the Living Church Foundation.
  • Processed--which mostly means scanned--the accumulated pile of material in my physical inbox.
  • Out the door at 4:30 for O'Fallon. While en route, got to chat by phone with the Bishop of Calgary, who is an old friend and seminary classmate.
  • Spent the final Lenten Wednesday with the people of St Michael's, O'Fallon, talking about the final two promises of the Baptismal Covenant. Back home around 9:45.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Back from Arizona yesterday--tanned (well, a tad burned, actually) and relaxed. Good time.
  • Task planning at home.
  • Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Brief word with the Treasurer on an administrative matter.
  • Debriefed with a Archdeacon on a couple of ongoing "situations."
  • Called the blood bank to see if a certain prescription I'm temporarily on precludes me from donating. It does. Appointment rescheduled.
  • After failing to find his phone number (which is weird, because we exchanged text messages several times in late January, but they seem to have disappeared from the record), composed and sent an email to Bishop Godfrey of our companion Diocese of Peru.
  • Took care of six relatively quick pastoral/administrative matters via email.
  • Got to work in earnest on the program for this Saturday's Mass of Chrism. Things that were second nature to me when I was in parish work no longer are, so it was more time-consuming than it ought to have been.
  • Lunch from Taco Gringo, eaten at home.
  • Tied up some remaining loose ends in Chrism Mass preparation.
  • Dutifully completed an online survey at the request of the College for Bishops. I am the very model of compliance.
  • Placed a phone call and left a voicemail regarding some Nashotah House business.
  • Serious work on the bulletin for this Sunday at the cathedral. Since there is no resident priest there at the moment, those duties fall to me. There were a lot of technological hoops to jump through, moving material from previous years that was set up in Publisher into Word. I'm pretty good at this sort of thing, but rusty, so it was, again, time-consuming.
  • Evening Prayer in the office.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

St Joseph

Between the Standing Committee of the diocese as it was constituted in 2010, and the calendar of the Presiding Bishop, it was decided that St Joseph would be the patron of my episcopate, as I was consecrated on this day four years ago. St Joseph was the guardian of the BVM, who is the prototype of the Church. Following the patron of my episcopate, I endeavor to be a guardian of the Church. Still feeling like a round peg in a round hole, and grateful to the faithful of the diocese for placing their trust in me.
  • Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Briefly took care of an administrative concern with the Archdeacon.
  • Prepared to celebrate and preach at the midday liturgy.
  • Met with the Office Manager and Treasurer of the cathedral on a couple of imminent concerns.
  • Met with Connie Lynn, cathedral Altar Guild directress, to go over some details of the Chrism Mass and Holy Week.
  • Attended to a small detail pertaining to the videography of my Lenten series in O'Fallon.
  • Attended to some Nashotah House business via email.
  • Presided and preached at the Mass for St Joseph's Day.
  • Lunch at home, after running a brief errand.
  • Took some notes toward a Palm Sunday homily to the stage of rough draft text.
  • Laid out the broad strokes for next Wednesday's final Lenten series presentation in O'Fallon.
  • Evening Prayer in the cathedral.
Going dark in this space until next Tuesday. Tomorrow Brenda and I fly to Phoenix, where we have tickets to two Cubs spring training games over the weekend!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday (St Cyril of Jerusalem)

Mostly a travel day. After breakfast at Kanuga, packed my stuff and hung out on the reception lounge processing emails and take care of a handful of to-do items. Then it was time to board a shuttle to Asheville Regional Airport. There were probably a dozen to fifteen bishops on the 1:09 departure to Atalanta. Made my connection there and arrived in St Louis a little past 4:00. By the time I got to my car and waded through thick late-afternoon traffic, I was right on time for the Wednesday Lenten program at St Michael's, O'Fallon. Home around 9:30, for which I was immensely grateful.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015