• Task planning over breakfast at home. Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Hand-wrote notes of condolence to two colleague bishops who have had recent deaths in their families.
  • Attended to a small administrative issue on behalf of one of our parish clergy.
  • Responded by email to another parish priest regarding some ongoing concerns.
  • Moved the ball a couple of yards down the field in prep for next month’s visit from the Bishop of Tabora.
  • Got to work editing and refining my homily for this Sunday (Emmanuel, Champaign).
  • Interrupted that work for a scheduled 11am appointment with an individual in the ordination discernment process.
  • Resumed and completed my work on this Sunday’s sermon.
  • Lunch from La Bamba, eaten at home.
  • Re-recorded a snippet of the most recent catechetical video because of some audio difficulties on the first take.
  • Spoke by phone with a priest from outside the diocese about a possible deployment opportunity here.
  • Dug the foundation for liturgical planning for next month’s St Michael’s Youth Conference.
  • Took a walk up to Illinois National Bank for a personal errand.
  • Wrestled with my homiletical message statement for the Second Sunday after Pentecost (June 3 in Alton) and brought forth a rough draft of a sermon.
  • Wrote the second in a series of 30 220-word meditations on one of the office readings for each day in November 2019, to appear in the fourth quarter Forward Day by Day booklet that year. Sounds like a lot of lead time, I realize, but it’s actually not that much.
  • Evening Prayer in the cathedral.
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