Friar Don Miller. OFM
I am a Franciscan priest. I spent my early years of ministry in New Mexico working among the Pueblo Native Americans and the Hispanics. In 1978 I began my years in academics working as a chaplain, faculty member, and administrator at various universities in the southwest and the midwest. I taught various course in theology, especially in my area of specialty which is moral theology. I have been the Vocation Director for the Province of Saint John the Baptist since 2003.
 
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A Brief Reflection

It is Tuesday evening here in Canterbury. We did have a clear to partly-cloudy day, but the storm clouds are rolling back in and the temperature is dropping into the upper 30s(F) tonight. I am half finished with my class and the time is really flying by. As the students comment on how much they are learning, I am thinking the same--but I'm not talking about the Moral Theology Class. I'm thinking about all that I have personally learned in just a brief two weeks. I have already mentioned the intercultural aspects of the place, the sense of history in this country, the richness of the Franciscan movement, etc. in  earlier postings on this blog. These still continue to impress me. But there is a lot more.


I guess, in a nutshell, I am feeling grateful and humbled by the warmth and acceptance of the community and for the opportunity to teach (and be) here. Wonderful things are happening in this Centre for people all over the world. Sisters, Brothers, Priests, and Lay men and women are being given the opportunity to learn about the rich Franciscan tradition and to experience good theological discussions in a way that many could never do in their home countries. To have the chance to be a part of all this is wonderful. I am especially grateful to our provincial administration for allowing me to accept the invitation to come here.


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I'll close with a couple of more shots from Canterbury (on the left) Shore_homes_at_herne_bayand Herne Bay (on the right). The architecture in the city and along the beach are two examples of what one sees in this part of England. The very, very old along side the more modern makes for a very broad spectrum of history captured in stone and wood.

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Dorothy

I got to read your blog. You mentioned that you realized how young we are as a country. That fact came to me when we were touring cathedrals built in the 6th century in England. Mind boggling!

Jack Ruskowitz

Don:
I'm really enjoying your daily postings. What a wonderful place. I'm so gald that you're enjoying your experience and are taking the time to share it with all of us. I'm looking forward to your next installment. Peace! Jack

Ben Yockel

Wow only in the 30s(degrees) that's chilly. It's around 80 where I am. Well, It's good too hear from you so often. God Bless

-Ben

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