• Woke up to the news of overnight snowfall, which meant I was soon thereafter behind a snowblower. Fortunately, with such equipment, clearing the driveway is not a very long job.
  • While still at home, I processed (mostly into tasks) the usual pile of email that accumulates when I’m traveling.
  • Upon arriving at the cathedral-office complex, there was a small but substantive list of administrative and pastoral items that invited themselves to be considered in consultation with the Archdeacon.
  • Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Prepared to preside and preach at the midday Mass in the cathedral chapel.
  • Took care of some minor hard-copy flotsam and jetsam that appeared on my desk while I was away (e.g. “Letters Dimissory” for a priest who is leaving the diocese, signing a consent form for the election of a bishop in another diocese, etc.).
  • Attended, via email and phone, to an emerging pastoral/administrative matter (one of those I had earlier conferred with the Archdeacon about).
  • Celebrated and preached the midday Mass.
  • Lunch at home.
  • Cleaned up some detritus from the morning’s activities.
  • Refined and printed my homily for this Sunday (St Bartholomew’s, Granite City).
  • Made contact by individual emails with five priests who may turn out to be candidates for one of our vacant cures. I’ve promised the search committee a list.
  • Evening Prayer in the cathedral.
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