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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Dennis arrives; Computer Virus rules; Michael discusses poverty; and Bro. Tom leaves for Jamaica

Dennis_geibDennis Geib, 30, from Orlando, FL arrived this morning to begin his year of Postulancy. While the actual beginning date is Saturday, Dennis came early to get settled and to visit relatives in the area. He will be joined this weekend by his classmate Richard Goodin. They will make up the Postulancy Class of 2006-2007. No word from the novitiate, so we presume the Novices are getting settled in for their year. Fr. Fred, our Provincial Minister, saw them last Sunday as he officially received them into the novitiate and he reported that they and their classmates from Sacred Heart and Assumption Provinces were off to a good start.

I had hoped to get this post up last evening, but about mid-afternoon yesterday my office computer was hit by a very nasty virus that wiped out Internet Explorer and then took it over once I restored it. It appears that the vendors of some anti-spy ware want me to purchase their products. They are inundating me with messages, obscene pop-ups, and warnings. All day today and still tonight, Norton is scanning and "fixing" the problem. We'll see how well hopefully tomorrow. :-)

Michael Charron took me up on the idea of suggesting an issue to toss around. He chose poverty and comments on how he is trying to cut back on the use of things. (See his comment on the "Reflection on the Pilgrimage and the Future of this Blog" post earlier this week.) He mentions cutting back on non-essentials and buying only what he needs--then asks what "needs" means. Anyone want to toss in a comment or suggestion? Don't be shy. :-)

Finally, Brother Tom Gerchak, O.F.M. is going to the Jamaican Missions and we will have his Missioning Ceremony at St. Clement Church in St. Bernard, OH this coming Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Anyone in the greater Cincinnati area is welcome to attend. It will be a simple service (not a Eucharist) in which he will be presented with a Mission Cross and we will prayerfully send him off on his new mission adventure. (I'll hopefully get some good pictures.)



Just to add a comment to the discussion on poverty.
One of the things which attracts me to St. Francis' life so much is that it is not dated. I just watched the movie "Brother sun and Sister moon" again and it grabs me everytime i see it or read about Francis' life. It is the pure message of the Gospel, it is Jesus' message and life lived out 12 centuries after he was crucified. Material possessions are still idealised today (perhaps even more than ever). It seems to me that to live the Gospel message as St. Francis did has never been so relevant. It is always relevant and i guess will be for many centuries to come.
The way of life does not need to be updated or enculturated into modern society as it is about giving it all up, no matter how much there is to give up.


I was glad to meet you.
Take care.


"Brother Sun Sister Moon" is a great movie and would advise anyone to see it.

Giving up comfort, especially the comfort of things is very difficult. I was at a party and a friend was sharing about her trip to a Kenyan orphanage. You can probably imagine the lack of comfortable things like electricity, running water, etc. She has very entertaining, heartbreaking and spiritual stories. A blog of her own would be good to tell them all. What she said about the trip that sticks with me is, "while I was there, I never met a stressed out Kenyan." Hmmmm. Interesting.
Take care.

Mark McPherson

I just wanted to add a comment myself on Poverty. I do think it about detachment from the "things" we could so easily get caught up in. Yes, Franciscans live in a different time period than Saints Francis and Clare, but, there is a common detachment from "things" among all Franciscans.

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