Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday (James Hannington & His Companions)

  • Daily task planning at home. 
  • Morning Prayer in the cathedral. 
  • Prepared for presiding and preaching at the midday Mass. 
  • Attended briefly to an administrative matter with the Archdeacon. 
  • Fleshed out, refined, and printed my homily for this Sunday at All Saints, Morton. 
  • Began an email to the Nashotah House trustees for the purpose of beginning calendar negotiations for a special January meeting. 
  • Attended to my midday Mass duties. 
  • Lunch at home -- leftovers. 
  • Finished the email I had begun before lunch. 
  •  To my dismay, I spent the rest of the afternoon wrestling with technology ... iMovie, to be specific. A victory of sorts was mine in the end, and the final session of my 2013 Lenten teaching series (yes, a year and half late) is now edited (crudely) and uploaded. Reading the Bible for Dummies. See it here. 
  • Evening Prayer in the car on the way home.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ss Simon & Jude

  • Task planning at home; 38 active tasks. 
  • Culled a pile of hard copy items on my desk. 
  • Consulted with the Archdeacon on a variety of pastoral and administrative matters. 
  • Morning Prayer in the cathedral. 
  • Looked over a draft Letter of Agreement between a vestry and a priest. 
  • Conceived, hatched, and erected the infrastructure of a homily for this Sunday (behind the curve on this one) at All Saints, Morton (yes, on their feast of title). 
  • Attended the midday Mass in the cathedral chapel, celebrating the major feast of Ss Simon & Jude. 
  • Lunch at home--leftover Chinese. 
  • Reviewed and processed documents and otherwise debriefed from last week's Nashotah House board of trustees meeting. 
  • Hand wrote notes of greeting to clergy and spouses with nodal events in November. 
  • Took a 15 minute walk around the neighborhood. 
  • Evaluated the details pertaining to a Class of 2011 bishops continuing education gathering this April ... in Cuba. (The Bishop of Cuba, while not technically part of the Episcopal Church, is an honorary member of our class, having shared the College for Bishops program with us.) It's a little on the spendy side, but, since I didn't go to Taiwan last month, I made the decision to attend this one (solo, no Brenda, even though spouses are invited). 
  • Responded to an email from a priest regarding an individual in the ordination discernment process. 
  • Filled out a post-meeting evaluation for the annual assembly of the Illinois Conference of Churches that took place about three weeks ago. I had a few opinions. 
  • Evening Prayer in the office.

Monday, October 27, 2014


Made a guest appearance out of day-off seclusion in order to attend a Nashotah House fund-raising event in the Great Hall of St Paul's Cathedral. What an honor to welcome Bishop Michael Marshall, honorary assisting bishop in the Diocese of London, to the Diocese of Springfield. He gave the retreat addresses at the House last week, and is along for the seven-city tour aimed at securing a predictable and sustainable income stream for this 172-year old institution.

Friday, October 24, 2014


Usual morning Nashotah routine through breakfast (with Fr Philip Cunningham delivering a most excellent homily on Christian unity at the Mass). Then it was time to prepare for presiding at the 10:30am academic convocation, during which it was my duty to confer four honorary doctorates ... in flawless Latin, of course. Of of these was to a long time friend, Canon David Seger, who was the deployment officer at the House at the time I graduated in 1989, but who has myriad other stellar accomplishments. It was a joy. After visiting with several people during and after lunch in the refectory--some of these visits purely social and some substantive--I trudged back up to my lodging in the Fort, packed up my stuff, and pointed the YFNBmobile east and south. About two and half hours later, I retrieved Brenda at the METRA station in Downers Grove, IL; she had ridden Amtrak up from Springfield in the morning. We're camped out in a hotel for the night now. Tomorrow one of my brothers is getting married in nearby Wheaton, so it's a family occasion. No visitation this weekend; we'll be heading home Sunday PM. Going dark in this venue until Tuesday.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

St James of Jerusalem

Same morning chapel routine as yesterday ... met with the Nominating Committee of the board over breakfast ... plenary session reconvened at 9:30 ... very intense, sometimes difficult, but ultimately productive work, with a quick break for lunch and individual publicity photos for the Nashotah website, until we recessed for Evening Prayer and Solemn Eucharist at 4:30, during which time, among other things, we heard a search committee report, negotiated an agreement, and elected the 20th Dean and President of the seminary. Not bad for a day's work. It was my joy to announce it three times: first to the faculty before the liturgy, then to the students afterward, and to the larger community gathered for dinner in the refectory. Sadly, our work wasn't done, so we had a 90 minute evening session of the board. My brain is fried.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Morning Prayer and Mass with the Nashotah community ... breakfast in the refectory ... conferred informally with various trustees as the morning progressed and committee meetings got underway ... sat in for a bit with the Audit Committee, then with the Institutional Vitality Committee ... lunch off campus (because it was grilled cheese in the refectory, which does not comport with the strict diet I'm four weeks into ... convened the full board of trustees at 1:30 and adjourned at 4:20 ... Evensong in the chapel ... cocktails and "heavy hors d'oeuvres in the deanery.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Up, out, and headed north a little past 8am. Arrived on campus at Nashotah House around 1:30. Checked in at the Dean's office, conversed with some fellow trustees, sat in on a retreat address (the students are in silence while we're here, which is a little awkward/weird) from Bishop Michael Marshall (one of my favorites), got settled in my lodging (third floor of Webb Hall, aka "the Fort"), walked to the chapel for Evensong, waked to the deanery for cocktails with Dean Salmon, three other trustees, and the Academic Dean. Then, out to dinner in nearby Hartland with Canon Koehler and his wife Terry, and Fr Dow Sanderson (trustee, and rector of Holy Communion, Charleston, SC).