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News in the Diocese for July

Keep Bishop Brian Burgess, Canon Mark Evans, Mo. Sherry Black, Fr. Zach Brooks, Kevin Babb, Cindy Lynk, Gerry Smith, and Randy Winn in your prayers. Our deputation is in Baltimore this week for the 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. The 145th Synod of the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield will happen October 21-22, 2022 [...]

News in the Diocese for May 2022

BISHOP CONSECRATION We are now less than two weeks away from the consecration of the Right Reverend Brian K. Burgess as the twelfth Bishop of Springfield. The Transition Committee is pleased to report that arrangements are proceeding well, with all signs favorable for a glorious day of liturgy, music, and fellowship that occurs only very [...]

News in the Diocese for April

The Transition Committee has been busy making plans for a gala celebration of the consecration of the twelfth bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, the Very Reverend Brian Burgess. The liturgy of Ordination and Consecration will take place on Saturday, May 21 at 11:00 am in the Cathedral Church of St Paul the Apostle, with a reception [...]

Days of Prayer and Fasting

As we prepare for the election of the XIIth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield, the Standing Committee, along with our Assisting Bishop Paul Lambert, invites all members of the Diocese to Three Fridays of prayer and fasting: November 26, December 3, and December 10. Here you may find practical materials for these devotions [...]

Al Fresco Annual Meeting St Andrew’s, Edwardsville

by Marian Smithson St Andrew's, Edwardsville Our annual meeting is usually held in January each year. This year we opted to continue the three vestry members who would usually have retired in January and continued their term until May. So, the primary business of the meeting was the election of three new vestry members as well as [...]

Friday (St Andrei Rublev)

The day included: Two substantive phone conversations with Canon Evans. A screening interview with a potential candidate for one of our parishes in transition. A mentoring session with one of our postulants. An Ignatian meditation on the daily office gospel reading. Processing a not insignificant number of emails and text messages.

Wednesday (St Fabian)

Communicated by email with the Standing Committee--blessedly, not about a matter of conflict between them and me (still potentially a matter of conflict--just not between them and me!). Worked with the Communicator in getting some of what she needs for a video project she's working on for me. Various tasks related to the Department of [...]

First Sunday after the Epiphany

Out the door at 0715, in time to arrive at Emmanuel, Champaign in time for a "private" (limited to confirmands and immediate family) 1015 Eucharist with confirmation and reception. It was a sweet experience, chastened as it was by pandemic safeguards that were over-the-top stringent. I left with some very touching gifts, arriving home around [...]

Tuesday

Big rocks: Attended a 2.5 hour meeting of about 50 bishops with executives of the Church Pension Group. There was no big breaking news. They're just seeing to their PR needs among the leaders of their constituency--not just doing the right thing, but being seen doing the right thing. CPG is a complex entity. Not [...]

Wednesday (Channing Moore Williams)

Attended briefly to some Nashotah House corporation work. Reviewed and commented on another sermon draft from a postulant whom I'm coaching in learning to preach. Responded at some length to a message from the Bishop of Tabora. Followed up with some related administrative tasks. Responded substantively to a message from a potential candidate in one [...]