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Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Ten years ago, minus about six weeks, I served as the supply priest for Trinity, Lincoln six days before my consecration as Bishop of Springfield. Today I was there for the final regular scheduled canonical parish visitation of my episcopate. (I have a few more gigs on my calendar: March 7 in Mattoon, the Chrism [...]

Saturday (King Charles the Martyr)

Substantive phone conversations with the rector of Lincoln, the President of the Standing Committee, and the Canon-to-the-Ordinary. Attended the live-streamed memorial service for a former clergy colleague, and continuing friend, with whom I was in serious conversation about coming to the diocese less than a year ago, who died quickly of COVID at age 66. [...]

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Trinity, Lincoln--Mark 1:21-28 It’s still very early in the public ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. At approximately thirty years of age, he left the carpentry shop he had inherited from Joseph, went down to the Jordan River to be baptized by John, heard the approving voice of God the Father, and got anointed by the [...]

Thursday (St Thomas Aquinas)

Did the finish work on Sunday's homily (Trinity, Lincoln) ... followed up on mission strategy and ordination liturgy planning ... email dialogue with the Communicator on a couple of issues ... otherwise, some emerging domestic concerns diverted me.

Wednesday (St John Chrysostom)

The main work of the day was to make a day trip to Springfield for the purpose of attending the closing of the sale of our former home there. Ten years and one day since was closed on its purchase--possibly in the same room; certainly in the same building. Bittersweet. I leveraged the opportunity to [...]

Tuesday (Ss Timothy & Titus)

Highlights: Started liturgy planning work for March 7 ordinations to the transitional diaconate. Moved the ball down the field re jump-starting the Department of Mission. Attended a one-hour Zoom meeting of my House of Bishops table group. Reviewed materials submitted by a potential candidate for one of our parishes in transition. Arranged for a video [...]

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Christ the King, Normal--Mark 1:14-20 Two weeks ago, we celebrated the inauguration of Jesus’ public ministry, as he went down to the Jordan River, along with throngs of his fellow Palestinian Jews, to be baptized by John the Baptist, and he heard the approving voice of the God the Father and was anointed by the [...]

Thursday (St Agnes)

Once in a while, a day just gets away from me, and this was one of them. A chink of the morning was already blocked out to take Brenda to an orthopedist about an ongoing issue (something they actually call "trigger finger"). I had a list of other things to accomplish, but I just got [...]

Tuesday (St Wulfstan)

Today's "big rock" was an Ad Clerum letter to the clergy on sundry matters, including how to observe Ash Wednesday in a pandemic, some words about the Chrism Mass, which I hope actually happens this year, and a bit about my change in status at the end of the month, as I step back from [...]

Goodbye on the Installment Plan

This is not yet my final  regular contribution to the Springfield Current, but the end of January will mark an important milestone in the diocese's transition from its eleventh to its twelfth bishop, as I begin a "modified sabbatical." This is not how I would have ever imagined the conclusion of my ministry among you [...]