Sunday, May 1, 2011

Easter II

  • On the road with Brenda by 7:45am, en route to the Chapel of St John the Divine, Champaign.
  • The liturgy there was splendid, with outstanding music of the sort that feeds the depths of my soul. Confirmed five, received two, with one reaffirmation. All were men, and all were no older than early middle age. In a church in which men seem to be gradually disappearing, this is encouraging. 
  • The occasion of the Bishop's visit was shared with a sort of homecoming for alums of the campus ministry at the University of Illinois, part of a series of events marking the retirement of Fr Tim Hallet after 35 years as chaplain and rector. It was moving to hear the testimony of those whose lives he and Mary have touched over the years. 
  • After some rather brief down time at home, we headed back out to the concert of the Springfield Choral Society in Chatham (a Springfield suburb). Several members of this fine ensemble, including its director, are key parts of the music program at St Paul's Cathedral.
  • Back at home, more work in preparation for this Tuesday's meeting of those involved in the special project I am involved with on behalf of the Nashotah House board of trustees. There's not much I can say about it just yet, other than that it's difficult and sensitive.

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