Wednesday (O Sapientia)

  • While still at home, I plotted out the tasks involved in preparing for my now-arranged Lenten teaching series at St Michael’s, O’Fallon.
  • Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Prepared for the midday Mass.
  • Initiated telephone tag with another Nashotah House trustee regarding an issue of follow-through that we need to attend to. I successfully connected with him later in the day, and we have the situation in hand.
  • Made a substantive email reply to a diocesan lay leader on a programmatic concern. We spoke by phone later in the day.
  • Took a brisk walk down to South Grand Avenue and back.
  • Responded via email to a priest regarding an administrative concern.
  • Rolled up my homiletical sleeves and got to work fleshing out the broad strokes of an ordination sermon for Cameron Nations on January 2.
  • Presided and preached the Eucharist for the ferial Wednesday in the third week of Advent.
  • Lunch at home.
  • Finished what I had earlier begun with the ordination sermon, ending up with an outline that leans in the direction of a rough draft.
  • Made air travel arrangements for a short trip to the Pittsburgh area in February, where I will give the Ash Wednesday quiet day at Trinity School for Ministry.
  • Took another hard walk, this time up to Madison Street and back.
  • Edited, formatted, and posted a substantial amount of new material to the diocesan website concerning the history of the diocese: from the tenure of Bishop Seymour, beginning in 1877,  up into that of Bishop Hillestad in the mid-1970s.
  • Evening Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Drove down to South Grand for a bite of dinner. After learning that Subway was out of meatballs, I settled for a McRib.
  • Attended and participated in a 2+ hour meeting of the cathedral chapter.
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