Dear Cathedral Ohana:
First of all, I would like to begin by wishing you all a very happy 2020. Our Cathedral office begins the new year with the change of not having Ramona with us. I heard from her on New Year’s Day and she and her cats arrived safely in Tennessee and they are getting settled in.
As many of you know, I was away for the new year holiday and during that time we had the Ault Memorial Building tented for termites. Thankfully, this did not affect our worship, although it did affect the availability of the Parke Chapel for the community of St. Paul’s. Fortunately, this did not affect their Sunday worship.
On Sunday morning the number of you came up to me to express very kind sentiments about the letter that Bishop Fitzpatrick sent out on January 1 in regard to my tenure at the Cathedral. Please know that Bishop and I have been in conversation about this matter and arrived at our conclusions mutually. I have found the last three years to be incredibly life-giving and I feel that I have done what I was called here to do and now I would like to return to a neighbor island setting.
Please remember that we will have our annual meeting on Sunday, January 26 at 9:00 AM in the Tenney Theatre. Roth Puahala, our warden, will chair the meeting and we will elect Chapter members as well as delegates to the diocesan convention. In addition, Dixie Kaetsu, the Cathedral treasurer, will present the budget for 2020 that was approved by the Chapter in December. I will also give a report and my reflections on the last three years.
On Sunday at 8:00 we had a wonderful tribute to Queen Emma for her birthday. I am especially grateful to Leohone and the choir for enhancing the worship with their gift of voice and music. I did manage to get a few photos, which you may see here. During my sermon I talked about a video that a friend and I produced in 2016 called Pulama and I am attaching a link to the video here for all of you. Unfortunately, the books themselves are out of print, but I do have a PDF available if anyone would like it. Just let me know.
Finally, a number of you were concerned about my continued coughing. Please know that I did go to the doctor and have been diagnosed with bronchitis. They gave me an inhaler and some very strong cough medicine, so I am definitely on the mend. I think you so much for your prayers and for your concern.
I look forward to seeing you all at worship this weekend. Please take care until then.