Dear Cathedral Ohana:
As many of you know, I was in the Philippines last week. I left after our Sunday services on April 28th and came home on Friday and was back for church this past Saturday and Sunday. I’ve taken many trips to the Philippines over the years, the first one being a three-month homestay with friends of my grandparents in 1978 when I was 13 years old. This was during the Marcos years, and much has changed in that country since then. What has stayed the same, however, is the friendliness of the people as well as their very deep faith.
While I was there on this last trip, I spent part of my time in St. Augustine’s Church in Intramuros, the first Roman Catholic church established in the Philippines after the Spanish united the various Muslim sultanates. Much can be said about that, good and bad, but what struck me was that I was able to stand in the garden and say prayers at a fountain where people had been stopping and saying prayers for over 500 years. I loved that connection and I often feel the same way when I worship with you in our Cathedral sanctuary and I can feel the prayers of people from the past, some of whom I actually knew. That is a very special feeling for me and I invite you to reflect on and experience that as well the next time you are in our sanctuary and saying prayers. It’s a marvelous feeling.
Prince Albert Evensong
I very strongly felt the prayers of Queen Emma on Sunday evening when we gathered at Evensong to remember her son Prince Albert. And that powerful spiritual feeling came to a hilt when Todd got up and led the choir in its rousing anthem, ‘Auhea ‘Oe, written by Leohone Magno. Somehow word got out to the community that we were honoring the Prince that evening and over 50 of us sat in prayer and reflected on the story of Prince Albert as the choir sang. I’ve posted a video of the anthem on the Cathedral’s Facebook page and will also post it here for you if you’d like to listen to it.
Please remember that our next evensong will be on Sunday, June 2nd at 5:30PM where we will honor and remember Uncle Hartwell Lee Loy.
A couple of Wednesdays ago it was Professional Administrators’ Day and our office recognized the work and dedication of Julia Jackson and Ramona Simmons. Please know how much I appreciate their undying support to the cause of the Cathedral’s mission and ministry. I don’t say it enough, and I am very grateful to both of them for their hard work and support over the past two years.
Episcopal Preaching Foundation
A couple of months ago, the Episcopal Preaching Foundation reached out to me and asked me to take part in their upcoming conference as a preaching mentor. EPF works with seminarians to hone their preaching skills at intensive weeklong workshops and I will join them at their next gathering the week after Memorial Day. I will leave on Sunday afternoon after church and will return the following Saturday. I will not miss church services.
As I mentioned to you during my last communique, I will be out from Wednesday, May 8th through Tuesday May 14th for a minor surgical procedure on my prostate. I’ll be back in the office full swing on Wednesday, May 15th and Fr. Hee will be working fulltime and in charge of the office and all liturgical services and pastoral matters while I am out. I don’t expect to send another weekly letter to you all until Wednesday, May 22nd. Thank you for your prayers and understanding.
That is all I have for this week. Please take care.