The first Thursday of October was Fall Break; Canterbury did not meet. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursdays we met, shared food, continued to plan upcoming events and discussed a chapter in Timothy Keller’s Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life’s Biggest Questions and the Bible stories each chapter is based on.
Our big, new wonderful experience this month was an outdoor Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. the 5th Thursday of the month in Bayou Park on the ULM Campus. We celebrated All Saints. The weather was perfect and the spot beautiful. Members of St. Thomas’, St. Alban’s, Grace and St. Luke’s in Grambling attended. The event was covered by The Hawkeye student newspaper. Our only disappointment is that of the 17 attendees, only four were students. Two of our own active members had conflicts at the last minute. Nevertheless, we have confidence we’ll get more publicity done and attract more students in the spring.
After the service, we celebrated at Fox’s Pizza Den. We got some good photos of the event and will make a display for recruitment.
Another highlight of the month was participating in Diocesan Convention. Two students served as oblationers, one student gave a report, and we got to meet representatives from the Grambling and Tech Canterburies.
We have made additional plans for our trip to New Orleans in January. It turns out none of the chuches in New Orleans currently offer a Sanish mass. Through my contacts in that Diocese, I connected with Deacon Duane Nettles at Annunciation. That church built a playground for their surrounding community post Katrina, and the playground needs work so that is where we will spend Saturday. We will stay in New Orleans until the 7th so we can participate in Epiphany activities.
We plan to have Canterbury t-shirts made with our Canterbury logo on ULM maroon for our next tailgate, scheduled Nov. 15.
Archdeacon Bette J. Kauffman, Ph.D.