Up and out of our Carbondale hotel room in time for an omelette at Denny’s, then to St Andrew’s by around 10:15 to get ready for the institution of the Rev. Kathryn Jeffrey as rector of what the Brits might call the “combined benefice” of St Andrew’s Church, Carbondale with St James’ Chapel, Marion. Everything went splendidly, there was a fine turnout of both clergy and laity, and the ninth Bishop of Springfield, Donald Hulstrand, delivered himself of a superb and winsome homily for the occasion.

As tomorrow’s visit is to Redeemer, Cairo, we hung around here in “little Egypt,” switching hotels from Carbondale to Marion. Grabbed a nice Asian lunch, followed by a nap and a walk, then a movie (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes–no comment) and a light repast at the iconic 17th Street Bar & Grill.

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