Dear Cathedral Ohana:
I offered the following report to the Cathedral Chapter for February 2018.
Funeral services for Kilani Ventura we’re held at Cathedral on Saturday, February 17 at 10:00 AM. We recorded 118 people in attendance, bearing in mind that many people came through the reception line and left before the service started. I would like to acknowledge the hard work of the Cathedral Altar Guild as well as Todd Beckham for the musical offerings at the service. Kilani came into see me in the spring of 2017 and presented a detailed plan for the service, which made its implementation smooth and easy. See some pictures here!
In the spring of 2017 a parishioner wrote to Mary Brown in California. Mary Brown is a descendant of the people who donated the fountain to the Cathedral in the 1950s. Mrs. Brown has offered to come to the Cathedral to make a presentation on the fountain and I have slated the presentation for 4:00 PM on Saturday, July 21 before the 5:30 PM Eucharist.
The Cathedral held a Chrism Mass for diocesan clergy and lay leaders on Saturday, February 24 at 9:00 AM. The service was well attended. Again, I would like to acknowledge Todd and the Altar Guild for their contribution to this service.
Bishops Browning and Chang
Memorial plaques for Bishop Browning and Bishop Chang have been installed in the ambulatory and the dedication for the plaques will take place at an Evensong on Sunday, March 11 at 5:30 PM. The Browning Family and the Chang Family will be in attendance. Bryan was instrumental in procuring the plaques and ensuring that they were installed in time for the dedication on March 11.
There is a provision in our budget in the amount of $15,000 to make repairs on the altar rail. I will direct Bryan to epoxy the rails sometime in the next three or four months. After that work is complete, I will again approach the potential donor to discuss the possibility of encasing the rail in Hawaiian wood.
Bulbs in the Nave
Bryan (Sugihara, Facilities Manager) rented a lift and changed the light bulbs in the Cathedral nave. He endeavored to change the bulbs in the ambulatory and discovered that there were wiring issues which he will address in the near future. Bryan has also made provisions to install backflow valves.
Lent and Holy Week
We are in the midst of Lent and things are going smoothly in terms of worship offerings and formation – for which Melvia Kawashima has taken the lead. The Worship Committee will meet this coming Thursday to ensure a smooth Holy Week.
Clergy Retreat in the Northern Philippines
As I reported last month, next week I will travel to the Philippines for 12 days, leaving immediately after the 10:30 AM service this Sunday. I will travel to Northern Luzon to conduct a clergy retreat on the topic of call for 60 Episcopal priests and deacons in that diocese.
As I mentioned from the pulpit this past Sunday, I will not be at Cathedral for Palm Sunday as I am joining the students on their march in Washington DC on March 24. Six people have indicated that they will join me and anyone who wants to go is welcome. I will carry the name card of anyone who wishes to be there in spirit.
Associate for Pastoral Care
Fr. Keleawe Hee has begun working as the Associate for Pastoral Care and has been very diligent in calling on homebound parishioners and administering sacraments. Beginning sometime next week, Haaheo Guanson will also help in this endeavor and both Keleawe and Haaheo will use the Cathedral as a clinical pastoral education site.
I have submitted a draft Memorandum of Understanding between the Cathedral and St. Paul’s to the Bishop for his review. Upon his return in the document to me with his comment/revisions, I will present it to the Cathedral Chapter for review and approval.
St. Andrew’s Square
On Friday, February 16 I attended a meeting of representatives from the Cathedral, the School, the Diocese of Hawaii, and St. Peter’s. We met to discuss the possibility of further collaboration to develop the Square in the coming years.
After the Ali’i Sunday for King Kamehameha IV, I accepted an invitation from Bill Souza for a private tour of the Royal Mausoleum, which I found very educational. I learned many things and appreciated being given various details about those who are buried on the grounds of Mauna Ala. See photos here!
Last week I attended a planning meeting for the Episcopal Asiamerican Ministries Consultation, who will gather in Honolulu in September 2018. The opening Eucharist for the event will be at the Cathedral with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaching and Bishop Fitzpatrick presiding. We will also provide space for a reception, which will be in Davies Hall. My hope is that we will be able to procure a new sound system before this event.
The time has come for the Chapter, the Bishop and me to work together to develop a short profile on who we are and how we see ourselves moving forward over the next five to seven years. I have put feelers out to a possible facilitator to lead us in this discussion, hopefully sometime soon after Easter at a Chapter retreat.
This concludes my report for February 2018.