Wednesday (Oxford Martyrs)

  • Began processing email at home over breakfast.
  • Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Continued to process email, now in the office. This consumed most of the morning, and included responding to a handful of Discretionary Fund requests that have been piling up of late.
  • Celebrated and preached the regular 12:15 Mass in the cathedral chapel, keeping the lesser feast of the “Oxford Martyrs” (Thomas Cranmer, Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley).
  • Lunch at home (Brenda’s amazing spicy chicken soup).
  • Spoke by phone with the rector of a parish in another diocese that is interested in establishing a DEPO relationship with me.
  • Attended to some clergy deployment-related tasks. Clergy deployment is like trying to throw a football not through one swinging tire, but two.
  • Attended to a pastoral/administrative matter that I wasn’t necessarily sure how to handle, but in the end, it came to me.
  • Refined and printed working notes for my homily on Proper 25 (October 27 at St Matthew’s, Bloomington).
  • Spend a good bit of time on hold, and then spoke with a human being at AT&T regarding a temporary plan for voice, texting, and data usage while in Tanzania next month.
  • Evening Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Grabbed a sandwich from Subway, then took a brisk 20-minute walk up Second Street as far as Washington, then back down.
  • Attended the regular October meeting of the cathedral chapter … more or less just because I could. Schedule conflicts have prevented me from attending the last several months.
  • Later in the evening, at home, I finished a rough draft of a homily for this coming Sunday, to be delivered at St Stephen’s, Harrisburg.
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