Saturday, June 16, 2012
This was a day of travel and anticipation. United Airlines took me from Springfield to Chicago, and then, three hours later, from Chicago to Washington, D.C. I had just enough time to check into my hotel near Reagan National Airport, freshen up, change, and catch a cab to Georgetown for dinner at the City Tavern Club. Joining me were Chaplain Major David Peters, whom I will be ordaining to the priesthood tomorrow, Fr Stuart Kenworthy, rector of Christ Church, Georgetown, where the ordination will take place, along with his wife Fran, Fr Gene Tucker and Deb, old friends of both the Kenworthys and Chaplain Peters, and Bishop Jay Magness, Bishop for the Armed Forces and tomorrow's preacher, and his wife Carolyn. It was a spirited time over wonderful food. One aspect of David's story is worthy of particular note: He left Springfield for Washington on May 26--on foot, and arrived just a few days ago! It is quite a saga, a unique act of devotion and pilgrimage.