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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Retreat at Lake Lorelei

DSCF0258I just completed an eight day retreat at our house at Lake Lorelei. The fall colors are beyond peak, but still beautiful. The weather was chilly the first few days, but toward the end of the week it warmed up to almost summer temperatures. One morning I awoke to a misty scene as the cold air was condensing into cloudy DSCF0251gauze over the warm waters of the lake.  As I was trying to capture that scene, a flock of geese flew overhead.DSCF0250 Convinced I had had enough communing with nature that morning as I stood on the cold cement in bare feet, I returned to the warm house for breakfast.  



Once the weather warmed up, I took the camera and went looking for shots.I found some good one, I think.DSCF0256  DSCF0254  DSCF0269



 



But the week wasn't just about weather and scenery. It was about being refreshed in prayer and having DSCF0272 some time to spend alone with myself and God. By yesterday afternoon, I was ready to pack up and go home feeling renewed and ready for work.


There is nothing like a week of quiet surrounded by nature to recharge one's batteries for both ministry and fraternal life.


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