Busy weeks and new adventure
The past few weeks have been taken up by preparations for our Provincial Chapter which will take place May 19-23 at St. Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana. We hold a Chapter--a province-wide meeting in which we elect administration personnel and make decisions concerning our Franciscan life together--every three years. This year we are meeting at a Benedictine Archabbey and will be electing an entire slate of persons to the administrative offices of our community.
The new adventure is that I am teaching a course for the Franciscan International Study Centre in Canterbury, England via the internet this spring. I had traveled to Canterbury the past two years but am unable to do so this year due to my responsibilities with our Chapter. I had mentioned last year while at the Centre that I would be willing to teach via Skype if they so desired. So, a month or so ago I received an invitation to set up the technology and teach one course. I began this past Wednesday and with only a couple of minor glitches the first session went well.
It kind of boggles the mind to think that I can sit in my office in Cincinnati, Ohio and see and talk with a student in England in real time.