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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I made it to Dover, Deal, and Sandwich

Bus_station_in_canterburyThis morning I caught the bus near the Centre and bought a. Explorer Pass for £5. I wasDover_with_castle_in_background able to use it as many times and on as many buses as I wanted all day as long as I stayed in Kent. So I headed off to Dover on Bus #15. When I got there I found that getting to the cliffs would be impossible today so I climbed up to the castle (yes, I actually walked all the way up there). It is a medieval fortress that was also used by the British during more modern times. It is a very impressive location, but the castle itself  is not unlike others here in England.

St_mary_dover_front When I got back into town I had some time before I could reboard a #15 for Deal, so ICastle1 visitedSt_mary_interior St. Mary Church. It is a beautiful church in the typical British style. I got there just as they were closing it to visitors, so the gentleman who let my in anyway suggested that I might want to make a "small" donation to the upkeep of the building. Which, of course, I did.

Then I caught the #13 for Deal which proved to be a rather disappointing stop. About all I could do is walkSea_coast_and_pier_in_deal out the pier and take some pictures of the city that has built up along the shore of the English Channel. The location of the bus stop was such that I really couldn't get into the city without knowing where I was going. So I stopped in a pub and had a pint of ale and then walked the pier. As I returned I decided I actually was also hungry so I stopped at a little coffee shop and bought a scone with jam.

St_peter_nave_in_sandwich Then it was time to board the #13 again for Sandwich. This turned out to be a very historic citySt_peter_in_sandwich that has played a major role in English history. It used to have a dock in the 17th century which made it a port from the mainland, but today it is inland. Old Saint Peter church is no longer in use, but it is an historical building that is undergoing repair. The bus stop in Sandwich afforded me a little more opportunity to wander around before catching the #14 back to Canterbury.

Me_at_castle_entranceAs I arrived at the castle above Dover, I was walking with four young people who offeredSea_gull_on_chimney to take a picture of me. So, here is yours truly just outside the gate to Dove Castle. Also, as I was walking back through Dover toward the bus station, a sea gull on a chimney caught my eye. The style chimney is how I picture the homes in Dickens' novels. The multi -flu chimney is seen  frequently and the sea gull perched on top just spoke "England" to me; so I took the picture on the right.

All in all it was a good, but tiring, day.


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