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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New pictures of the Solemn Profession

Chris_and_al_with_mothers_1Fred_at_altarThanks to Phillips Robinette, O.F.M. we have some new pictures of the Solemn Profession of Al Mascia, O.F.M. and Chris Meyer, O.F.M. which took place August 12th. Before the friars pronounced their vows they were with their families on the left of the church while the friars gathered together on the left. Here we see both friars standing next to their mothers and family. Both of the new professeds' fathers are deceased. Fr. Fred, our Provincial Minister was the main celebrant at the Eucharist and received the friars' vows.

Al_signs_bookChris_signs_book At the end of a profession ceremony, the newly professed and their witnesses sign what is affectionately called the "Book of Life;" the official record of every friar's life in the fraternity. Here we see Al on the left and Chris on the right signing the book as their mothers and witnesses look on. Before the ceremony began, many of us were leafing through the book looking for our records. Alas, some of us, myself included, were old enough that our record is in a previous volume. What can I say!

Richard_and_murrayFinally, Brother Phil caught this shot of Richard Goodin, one of our Postulants, standing next to Fr. Murray Bodo, O.F.M. It hit me that this photo is a good image of what our fraternity is all about. Richard is the youngest member of our province and had been with us just over a month at the time that the picture was taken. Just a few weeks prior, Murray had celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his First Profession of vows. As brothers they stood together celebrating the life commitment of two fellow brothers in the fraternity. Richard has just under two years before his First Profession.


Ben Yockel

It's been a long time since I posted a comment. School started Wednesday and I've been a little busy, but any way my congrads. to the friars making their solemn Professons.



Hey...the friars gathered on the right. Nice pics! Especially that Chris guy! LOL!

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