It’s been a long time since my last post.  Brief update:  Finished a marathon in Pittsburgh 3:59:42 (right under the 4:00:00 goal mark)  It was a blast to train with my buddy Josiah from seminary and I’ve really learned to love running.  Finished out the first year at the seminary, twas lovely.  I miss Virginia.  Spent a couple of weeks in Colorado with the family.  Ran the Bolder Boulder again.

Now I’m in San Diego.  I just started my Clinical Pastoral Education.  Translation:  CPE is a 400 hour certification.  I am paying the Vitas Hospice Network to allow me to be a “Chaplain in Training” to hospice, clinic, and hospital patients.  I will spend 1 day a week with a group or 7 people doing the same program and refining our skills and discussing our perceptions of pastoral care. I’ll blog more about this later.

I moved into the Hawthorn House, a Christian community of people living together.  I live downstairs with Brooke, Jason, and their two kids Paige and Matty-boy (he’s a bit of a super hero) and Tasha (the dog.)  Upstairs there is an apartment of guys just out of college and in the backyard another house with three people.  I’m viewing summer as a bit of an experiment in discernment around how living can work differently…Sharing meals, resources, and conversation seems like a small thing.  Still it is already making a difference in the quality of my days.

I flew home last weekend for my sister’ wedding.  She looked beautiful, and he grinned the whole time.  I was happy to be able to help the priest navigate a confusing ceremony.  Spending the last night with her friends from San Antonio and some of my friends from High School dancing in lo-Do was great.  I’m still adjusting to having a “brother-in-law.”  I said those words for the first time last night and it was confusing…but I’m super excited to have Corey in the family.

Published by Mike Angell

The Rev. Mike Angell is rector of The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in St. Louis.

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