Friday, February 10, 2012


  • Task planning at home; Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Processed a batch of emails. No single one of them was overly-complicated, but, together, they took a chunk of time.
  • Checked in by phone with one of our clergy regarding an ongoing difficult pastoral situation. It was a substantive conversation.
  • Took some time to write a substantive reply--one that I hope is also thoughtful and from the heart--to an email I received from one of our lay folk while I was in England, this one over another sensitive pastoral concern.
  • Lunch at home, stopping first to make a bank deposit, get some cash, fill my near-empty gas tank, and pick up some tacos and tamales from La Bamba ("Burritos as big as your head!") on MacArthur.
  • Spoke by phone with a priest from outside the diocese who is a potential candidate for openings that may arise in Springfield.
  • Spoke by phone with a colleague bishop over a small but important administrative concern.
  • Spoke by phone with another of our clergy regarding developments in his parish and deanery.
  • Exchanged group emails attempting to arrange a planning meeting related to the Mission/Vision statement.
  • Processed some emails related to April's Provincial Synod (and meeting of Province V bishops).
  • Wondered how the afternoon got away from me so quickly.
  • Prayed the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary and Evening Prayer in the cathedral.

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