• Up and out at a usual weekday hour in order to get ready for Diocesan Council and the Mass that precedes the meeting. Presided and preached, commemorating ferial Saturday in the week of Easter IV. The meeting itself was devoid of particular excitement (which is a good thing), but I was nonetheless energized by hearing about so many different ministry initiatives taking place in the diocese: Strategy Resource Team pilot project in Mattoon, an effort toward developing training opportunities for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd catechists, possible new ministry in Cairo, Cursillo and Kairos, youth pilgrimage to Canterbury.
  • Met, along with the Archdeacon, with the Rector of St Andrew’s, Carbondale, who is also Priest-in-Charge of St James, Marion, and the Bishop’s Warden of St James, to take counsel together for the future of ministry in that portion of the Hale Deanery.
  • Home around 2pm. Rested a bit, ate a bit, watched the Cubs-Brewers game a bit, then took a long walk along one of my usual routes that included Washington Park, which is beautiful this time of year.
  • Packed and hit the road around 6:45 for Mt Vernon ahead of tomorrow’s visitation to St Mark’s, West Frankfort.
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