Sunday, May 7, 2017

Visiting The Philippines

Greetings from the Craft coffeeshop in Manila, The Philippines! This is the first of several posts on various groups and experiences. 
I'm here and staying at The Episcopal Diocese of Central Philippines as part of a multi-faceted grant project that was accepted by the Seminary Consultation on Mission and also supported by the office of Global Missions for the Episcopal Church! My project involves learning about The Episcopal Church of The Philippines, its e-Care program, visiting communities working in that program, and being as helpful as I can in any aspect of any work here. 
Joyce Roman works for the e-Care Foundation at Cafe Galilea
I arrived last Sunday night, April 30, and went to Atok and Cafe Galilea on Monday, May 1st. There, I stayed two nights. I met the beautiful people who work at the cafe, learned about the products they sell, and visited the Diocese of North Central Philippines in Baguio City. There, I met Bishop Pachao and staff, visited The Cathedral of The Resirrection, and explored the town. Wednesday through Saturday, I visited the remote mountain village of Cabacab in Benguet province and learned about the community's way of life, their farming, the products they create and sell, and had an amazing and marvelously informative time.
Thirteen municipalities and 140 barangays (small divisions into villages) make up the province of Benguet. I will be sharing stories from Cabacab and other places / events in separate posts that follow. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Prayer for Syria

Praying for Syria

Help us, O Lord, to look with compassion upon those whose families and homes are ever being torn apart, uprooted, terrorized, or emblazoned with injustice. Help us show that compassion to all people of this world who live with unrest and hopelessness as their constant companions. 
Lord, in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sara P. Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina

This morning, we visited the Sara. P. Duke Botanical Gardens in Durham, North Carolina. 

Even though I've been to Duke University a few times, I have never been to the gardens. They are LOVELY and combined with the morning birdsong, dew, sunbeams, and quiet, it was a real treat. Here are a few photos :-)

"The Big Easy" - sculpture by Patrick Dougherty

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Sweet Bluebell Kitty

Bluebell loves to play, but here she is pretending to be asleep... Soon, her curiosity gets the better of her and she looks up at me with one eye, still not 100% sure that she wants to commit to being awake...
THEN.... SHE SEES THE STRING!!! HAHAHAHA! She looooooooooooves to play with string or ribbons etc. I am s grateful to have her here with me at seminary. It's tough sometimes, knowing most of your friends are far away. Sure, there is a vast array of ways to keep in touch, but it's not the same as seeing folks and hanging out in person. I am very happy here, but I'm still glad to have this soft, silly, ball of fur with me. Bluebell will also accompany me to Brooklyn this summer where my C.P.E. (Clinical Pastoral Education) assignment is located. There are already two cats in the apartment where I'll be staying, but we hope that this will all work out. 

Check our her cute and furry paws, awwwwww!

A Hymn to the Morning Sun

The glorious sun has driven far
The mystic shades of night;
So in our souls the morning star
Hath shed His wondrous light.
#Episcopal #prayer #morning #praise #hymns
~D. Warner ( )

Sagrada familia light (by C. Carson, 2013)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Update for St. Paul's from Caroline :-)

Chapel of the Apostles (COTA)
Hi St. Paul's! :-) I hope this update finds you well and happy. I miss being with you: your welcoming smiles and laughs we share, seeing all the kids growing up, our wonderful services, Fr. Rob and Bishop Duncan and Fr. Ed, all my fellow staff members, the choir !!of course!!, and our beautiful church, but I am doing well here at seminary and truly loving it. Winter on this Holy Mountain has been beautiful and spring promises to be gorgeous. We even had a little now last weekend (LINK).

After I left you in December, I was able to participate in a choral tour of Israel and then use miles and hotel points to have an adventurous break in Egypt. Then, I drove to South Carolina where I visited my mother before returning to Sewanee.
Here are some links to the performance tour in case you'd like to know more about it!
1. Annelies, by James Whitbourn (tour) in Israel -
2. Acre, Israel - LINK
Bull from Acre, Israel. Canaanite period
This spring I'm taking the second semesters of Old Testament (Dr. Rebecca Wright), New Testament (Dr. William Brosend), and Church History (Dr. Benjamin King). Our Junior class is also taking World Religions (Dr. Donna Mote). being exempt from the music course, I decided to take Environmental Ethics (Dr. Andrew Thompson). ALL of my professors are extremely BRILLIANT and I love them all!
Fun announcing Lent Madness (above) and New Testament class below)

Fr. Rob came to visit during during the Come & See recruitment program and I am eternally grateful to him for his time, listening ear, advice, care, humor, and so much more. It was so fun to introduce him to my professors and some friends here. It was also really wonderful to hear about St. Paul's and how you all are doing!
I've been practicing a bit of nature photography while here
Things are going very well and today is our first day of spring break (March 16 to 26). I have a TON of papers from now until the end of the semester so I will be working on some of them next week. I'm going to Atlanta with our World Religions class and professor this weekend for an immersion of various kinds of faiths and to attend some services. Next Monday through Wednesday, I'll be on my own schedule, do some hiking around the Sewanee domain, and work on some papers. Then, I'll drive to Raleigh-Durham where my brother and his family now live. I didn't get to see my precious neice Suki and nephew Jasper over Christmas so I'll see them next week and I can't wait!!!
Looking ahead, I'll be leaving on April 28th, the weekend before exams to travel to The Philippines! I received a grant from the Episcopal Seminary Consultation on Mission (SCOM) for a project in The Philippines this May. Don't worry, I made sure with deans and professors that it was ok to ask about leaving early AND to take exams and turn papers in early! Following that, my Clinical Pastoral Education assignment will be at Lutheran Medical Services of NY in Brooklyn. C.P.E. is a program that all seminarians must complete and it is usually about 400 hours in a clinical setting or another setting which lends opportunities for pastoral care and more. Our Junior class has assignments all over the country. My particular program runs from May 22 to August 8 so I won't be home in New Orleans until after August 8. WOW! It's also two days after I return from The Philippines, but I am quite used to cutting things closely :-) Lucky for me, my cute little Bluebell kitty cat will be able to come with me to New York this summer!
scenes from Taize at Sewanee     
I would love to hear from you! You can email me at or or you can drop me a postcard sometime and let me know how you are doing!
My mailing address is:
335 Tennessee Avenue
School of Theology
Sewanee, TN, 37383

If you have time, please remember me in your prayers and send me positive energy!
All good things to you and stay tuned for future updates!

                                Making friends with goats during our Environmental Ethics class trek to the Sewanee farm!                                 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Sewanee SNOW 03/11/2017

This past weekend, we had a light SNOW in Sewanee!

I was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo super excited - as I hardly EVER see snow, being from Charleston, SC and New Orleans, LA.! 
I watched the forecast every hour and was massively distracted by it all, but it was Saturday and fun to see snowflakes and flurries periodically!
Here is some video of the snowfall. I think that one of the most beautiful sounds on Earth is that of falling snow at night. Especially when it's falling on a full snow (which it wasn't here, but still gorgeous!)
I'm excited that tomorrow's forecast has a 60% chance of snow from 5 AM to 10 AM, YAY!!!