This photo appears in my Flickr stream as ‘Family’ not just because it shows Michael and Lily and Charlie, but also because for that lovely afternoon when Margaret and I visited them, they made us family, too.  


I received an emailed notice on Friday that the Diocese of Chicago had accepted the renunciation of my orders. To be precise, the letter from Bishop Lee reads that I voluntarily renounced my ordained ministry (!) and that I was therefore ‘removed and released from the obligations of the Ministerial office and deprived of the…