Dear Cathedral Ohana:
It’s been an interesting week for me. As many of you know, last week Wednesday I went in for a procedure on my prostate, and since then I have been at home recuperating and mostly unplugged from life and work at the Cathedral.
Please know that my recovery is progressing nicely and that I plan to go back to the office sometime on Wednesday to meet with the staff as well as the Stewardship Committee.
What has been interesting for me this past week is my experience seeing the Cathedral not so much through the lens of administrator, but rather as one who has felt the prayers from the Cathedral as a spiritual community. That has been very nice and refreshing for me and I very much appreciate your prayers, warm thoughts, emails, text messages, phone calls, and ministrations.
As we look to the week ahead, please remember that at the 8:00 service this coming Sunday we will have the Royal Civic Societies in attendance as we gather to commemorate the baptism of Queen Liliuokalani. I very much look forward to this gathering and especially to seeing and experiencing what Todd in the choir will put together in terms of their musical offering that morning.
The Queen Emma Square will be gathering this coming Thursday, as the school meets in the Cathedral to celebrate Ascension Day, a long-standing St. Andrew’s Priory tradition. This year is very special to me, as the fourth graders that I taught in 2010 – 2011 are this year‘s graduating class, and I feel honored and proud to have been part of their journey to graduation and matriculation.
The week of Memorial Day I will be traveling to the East Coast to take part as a mentor in a gathering of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation, an entity of the church that offers a weeklong intensive course to seminarians who have been selected by their institutions to hone their preaching skills.
Then after I return, plans will be underway to hold an ordination to the transitional diaconate of Steve McPeak and Andrew Arakawa, two candidates for a Holy Orders in the Diocese of Hawai‘i who will be graduating from seminary this month. As many of you know, Andrew Arakawa is a member of Holy Apostles in Hilo, and I was his sponsoring priest when he went to seminary. Steve McPeek is from St. James in Kamuela, and someone whom I have known and worked with for a number of years. It will be on Saturday, June 22 at 10:00.
The Cathedral will cater a reception after the service and I am looking for a group of 5 to 6 people to help set up tables, monitor things during the reception, and then help with the cleanup afterwords. Please let me know if you would be willing to lend a hand that day.
That is all I have for this week. I look forward to returning to the office tomorrow and to seeing you all at worship sometime in the next few days, whether it be at the Wednesday Eucharist, the Saturday afternoon Eucharist, or Sunday morning services. Please take care until then.
Unfortunately, after writing this letter, Fr. Moki suffered a minor setback and needs to be out of the office through Thursday of next week, although he will preside at the 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM services on Sunday as well as the Saturday 5:30 PM service. Please keep him in your prayers.