Thursday, July 7, 2011


  • Usual morning routine; MP in the cathedral.
  • In view of the Archdeacon's impending vacation (beginning this afternoon) ... actually, a continuing education time at Oxford, no less ... there was a good bit to talk about. Now I'm minding the store all by myself with only the Diocesan Administrator to restrain me!
  • Took care of some chores related to clergy deployment.
  • Took a phone call from the bishop-elect of the ELCA Synod that more-or-less mirrors the geographical territory of the Diocese of Springfield. I look forward to participating in his installation this October.
  • Put flesh on the bones of my sermon for July 16/17--Saturday night at St Mary's, Robinson and Sunday morning at St John's, Albion and St John the Baptist, Mount Carmel. 
  • Lunch from Taco Gringo, eaten at home.
  • Did a second, closer, reading of the five contest essays I first looked at a couple of days ago, and submitted my rankings.
  • Reviewed the paperwork connected to the application of St John's, Albion to be included in the Register of Historic Places. This is probably the oldest Episcopal church building in Illinois, dating back to 1842, and exemplifyiing the Prairie Gothic archtectural style.
  • Reviewed a memo from the former canon missioner for the Hale Deanery, Father Swan (now priest-in-charge of St John's, Decatur), regarding administrative chores that need regular attention in the congregations of that area.
  • Read Evening Prayer in the office, as it was pouring down rain and it seemed prudent to avoid even walking across the parking lot to the cathedral.

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