Tomorrow morning, at the ungodly hour of 5:57am, I will depart Indianapolis for the Fellowship of Ss. Alban and Sergius Conference. I will note that it is by no means too late to give to the tip jar (as in “tip jar, baby, tip jar“). I will have my laptop and my brand-spankin’-new camera, so I will be providing updates as regularly as I am able.
I’m looking forward to any number of things; I am of course looking forward to getting to hear (and possibly meet) people such as Met. Kallistos Ware, Met. PHILIP, Bp. Hilarion Alfeyev, and so on. I hope that I’ll actually get to hear a particular priest (nameless for the moment but identifiable once you read the quote) say “Back when I was studying at the Pontifical Gregorian Institute…” with my own ears. I’m looking forward to the Divine Liturgy for the Ascension in the Three Hierarchs Chapel. I’m looking forward to meeting the eclectic group of people one usually meets at conferences. I’m looking forward to seeing how New York’s public transportation matches up to England’s and Germany’s.
More than anything, however, I guess I’m very much hoping to get a sense about whether or not St. Vlad’s is the place for me. I will have a chance to talk with Fr. John Behr at some point over the course of the trip, so hopefully that will be a fruitful conversation. I know I don’t belong at Indiana University, but that is not the same thing as actually having a meaningful direction.
If there’s something to which I’m not looking forward, it’s coming home Sunday night. It’ll be an empty house, and that’s what’ll be greeting me for the next six weeks.
Well — more from the road.