Sorry about the light blogging, but today was Clericus. We met at Iglesia San Juan en Villa Cáceres. My first appointments in Panama were at San Juan and San Simón in Gamboa. I still serve as the "assisting priest" (not officially) at San Simón; in fact, the Lovely Mona and I will be there Saturday night.
We held Clericus at San Juan on September 11, 2001. I was one of the first to arrive, and Revdo. Canonigo Bouche, who lives across the street from San Juan, came running over to me shouting about an attack on the U.S. I didn't believe what he was telling me!
San Juan is built in the round, and is the only church of it's kind in the diocese. They've repainted recently and added some new tile on the floor, and I think it looks great! Padre Eloy Gibbs is the priest-in-charge. It was nice to be there again, and I got lots of besitos from the ladies in the kitchen!
We had a good meeting, and Bishop Murray is ready for Lambeth; he leaves on Thursday. He will be leading one of the Indaba groups. I invited him to send me updates and thoughts of his experience for Padre Mickey's Dance Party, but he may be too busy for that. If he sends me anything, I'll post it! He and I also discussed the Declaration from Jerusalem (he rolled his eyes and said, "How much time do we really want to spend on that bunch?") and we both expressed our amazement that Bishop Venables of the Southern Cone only wants British and Estadoünidense missionaries of SAMS to serve as bishops in that province.
We all discussed situations in the diocese and will be praying for Bishop Julio during his time in England.
So, here are three photos of the sanctuary at San Juan, and one of our meeting.
The Front Door (with Sexton Ricardo)