This was the closing morning of our annual clergy retreat. We broke silence after Morning Prayer. The Wednesday morning of retreat is usually given to forum.discussion over sundry matters. This year the highlight was a visit from the Most Revd Edward Braxton, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville. Bishop Braxton is a learned and erudite man with broad ecumenical experience and a fine working knowledge of the Anglican tradition and its luminaries. We enjoyed an hour of lively and irenic give-and-take with him.

After Mass and lunch, we packed up and and I transported our retreated conductor, Fr Brandon Filbert, to the airport in St Louis. En route hom from Springfield I participated in a conference call with the other amici bishops over evolving developments in our quest for a canonical accord in the Title IV action that has been brought against us.

In the evening, Brenda and I went out to dinner to celebrate her birthday. Nick & Nino’s has to have the finest steaks in Springfield.

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