Tuesday (Immaculate Conception)

  • Weekly task organization over breakfast at home.
  • Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Did some rough culling and sorting of the accumulated hard-copy detritus on my desk that reflected my absence from the office all last week.
  • Substantive phone conversation with the Dean of Nashotah House.
  • Finalized the transfer of funds for the purchase of a new automobile by the Diocese of Tabora, for use by their bishop, thanks to the magnificent and exemplary generosity of one of our endowed parishes. This involved several emails and a trip to Illinois National Bank to arrange the wire transfer.
  • Refined and printed the working script of my homily for this Sunday (at St Stephen’s in Providence, RI, where I am set to give their Advent Quiet Day on Saturday).
  • Checked in pastorally by phone with Deacon Ann Alley, whose husband Bob died rather unexpectedly on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Attended the midday Mass in the cathedral chapel.
  • Lunch at home–leftovers.
  • Substantive phone conversation with Fr Mruiuki, priest-in-charge at Redeemer, Cairo.
  • Reviewed, and discussed with the Archdeacon, a draft program for the Requiem Mass for Fr Bill Malottke, set for the 19th.
  • Planned all the discrete tasks associated with presented a Lenten teaching series at Trinity, Lincoln.
  • Brief Nashotah-related email.
  • Evening Prayer in the cathedral.
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