Thursday (Ss Cyril & Methodius)

  • Usual Thursday morning weight and treadmill workout.
  • Processed a handful of emails at home.
  • Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Drove to Normal to bless the room newly-designated as a chapel at Christ the King, for use by both the pre-school and the church. Spoke by phone on the way with one of our priests over a sensitive pastoral matter in the parish.
  • Presided at the chapel blessing, followed by a presentation by some of the pre-school kids and a tour of their classroom while in session. This is a wonderful ministry, and I could not be more pleased that we have something like this in the diocese.
  • Lunch with Fr Desmond and some of the lay leaders of Christ the King–at an Indian buffet, or course!
  • Back in the office at 2pm. Caught up on some emails.
  • Tended to some administrivia.
  • Took a phone call from another priest over yet another pastoral situation.
  • Took a phone call from a deployment officer in another diocese regarding a priest who is canonically resident in Springfield.
  • Consulted with the Archdeacon at some length over a couple of strategic and administrative issues.
  • Produced a first draft of a sermon for Lent II (24 February at St Mark’s, West Frankfort).
  • Worked on my still-evolving “aspirational” liturgical customary for the diocese.
  • Evening Prayer in the cathedral.
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