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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Ethiopian Coptic Mass

Coptic_cross Today we had a rare treat. An Ethiopian priest from London joined the two Ethiopian Capuchin Friars studying here at the Franciscan International Study Centre to celebrate a Eucharist according to the Coptic Rite. This, I found out, is one of the oldest rites in the Catholic Church. It is very inclusive in the sense that everyone plays a part; priests and laity. The proper celebration is led by two priests and deacon who chant the entire liturgy back and forth with each other and the congregation. While I got lost trying to follow the sequence, since it was in a foreign language, I did find it very soothing to listen to the cadence of the music, smell the heavy incense, and look at the vestments and gestures of the service. Once again, I am impressed with the intercultural aspects of this place of learning.


I have completed my first week of a three week course. I am teaching two hours per day; five days a week. The class is developing very nicely. They seem to want to learn that material and are putting effort into the course. This make for a very enjoyable classroom.


Last evening we had a staff dinner to thank those teaching and working at the Centre this year. I just happened to be here at the right time. I figure that I am reliving the Gospel story about the workers hired at various times of the day. I arrived late, but got to celebrate the appreciation meal right along with those who have labored all year. (Of course, I am offering a full term of classes within the three weeks that I am here.)


The weather report is calling for more rain this weekend, but I do hope to find enough sun so that I can get into Canterbury and take some pictures. Sunday I am to go out with one of the Sisters on staff to see the coast. I'll let you know how that turns out next week.


By the way, I did not take any pictures of the Eucharist today out of respect for the Liturgy. I would have felt rude intruding as though it were a spectacle.

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Curtis Linderman

From Coptics to Canterbury

The Feast Day of Saint Augustine of Canterbury seems to be a bit staggered as to when it's celebrated. Hopefully you will be able to experience some of the reverence, liturgy and (hopefully) that extra bit of aliveness as he is revisited this weekend in the very town in which you are staying.

Take care and stay dry.

Peace from sunny & showery Seattle,
Curtis

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