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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Weekend in Durham

Canterbury_train_station Saturday I boarded an early train for London's Victoria Station where I took theDurham_2 underground to Kings Cross Stations to board another train to Durham in northern England. Durham is a very old city which played a significant role in English history in the defense of the northern and eastern boarders. The castle and the cathedral, dating back to about 1000, were built on a wooded bluff above the Wear River.  In its early days, the Archbishop was also a Knight with both civil and ecclesiastical responsibilities.


Cathedral_and_castle While I was not able to take any pictures inside the Cathedral, I did spend some timeDurham_cathedral2 within and visited the shrine of Saint Cuthbert who is pretty popular in the area. When we arrived there Saturday afternoon, there was a very young orchestra from the local college of music rehearsing. The conductor was no more than in his early twenties, and the sound was fantastic. The music made an interesting background for touring such an ancient building.


St_joseph_chapel_ushaw SMain_chapel_at_ushawaturday night I stayed as a guest of a friend at Ushaw college which is a diocesan seminary for the northern British dioceses. The institution dates back to the 1500 where it was foundedUshaw_college in France during the persecutions. The present complex of building was built in 1880. I Concelebrated the Eucharist in Saint Jospeh Chapel  (on left) and got a picture of the main chapel (pictured on the near left).


Wear_river_walk_2 Durham_train_bridge_copy AMarket_in_durhamfter Mass we returned to town (the seminary is about four miles from the city) and walked along the Wear River. The weather both days was cloudy and often rainy so many of the pictures were taken in dull light, but I think that the beauty of the area is still obvious. As I returned to the train station I was taken by the train bridge which looms over the city and the medieval look of the city itself as depicted in this shot of a market place.


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