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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Travel and

I haven't posted in a while because I have been traveling and in places where I could not conveniently use a computer. However, I am home preparing for a Come and See weekend and able to use my own office computer. So my appologies for temporarily abandoning the cause!

Cactus I just returned from Phoenix where I visited with a prospective member of the province. I carefully packed my camera and extra batteries so I could share some wonderful southwestern shots. Sunday when I was driving across the desert it was so hazy that I could not get a single shot. So I returned to my motel room and carefully re-packed my camera and batteries and came home. The scene at the left is a good-old clipart. The best I could do. But, the trip was GREAT.

We have been receiving lengthy emails from Fr. Fred, our Provincial Minister who is participating in the Extraordinary General Chapter of the Order. His reports are inspiring and it sounds as though the meeting is going well. He referred us to for more information, pictures, etc. Today I had a chance to go to that site and I was overwhelmed by the amount of material. I would encourage you to take a look for yourself. There are pictures, texts of reports and talks, itinerary, etc. The Franciscan Order is making good use of technology and the web to spread the good news of the Chapter.

I'll simply end this post by asking everyone to pray for the reform of the Order according to the Holy Spirit's guide. These years of preparation for the 800th Anniversary of the approval of our Way of Life are a time of grace, as our General Minister has mentioned in a number of his talks at the Chpater. May that grace bless us all.



Fr. Don! The website of the Extraordinary Chapter in Assisi is superb! Thank you for providing the link. Looking through it, especially the pictures is like going on a mini-retreat. I had the grace to stay at the Sacro Convento for a couple of weeks back in the 1980's. Had the opportunity to help the nuns at S. Chiara with some music... time alone on Alverna and in the srypt before the Seraphic Father's tomb with no one else around... what perfect joy! Anyway, thanks for the link. As you can tell, it stirred up emotions, grace and thought that have long been stored away. So I encourage others to visit the site... but be prepared for an infusion of grace and insight!

Ben Yockel

Wow... 800 years. That's some anniversary. By the way please pray for me as I go to Borromeo Seminary for a visit this weekend.

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