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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Youth Conference

Dscf0068Beginning Thursday afternoon, February 22, I participated in a "Here I Am Lord" youth conference at Saint Patrick Parish in St. Charles, IL. I was supposed to be there through tomorrow morning, but the weather influenced my decision to come home early. But not after experiencing a very heart-warming day and a half in my home State.


Dscf0069I found the time heart-warming for two reasons. First, the openness and the enthusiasm of the young people who participated was very impressive. The majority were middle school students (the high school students didn't make it due to a basketball championship game). These youngsters were open to meeting and talking about vocations and about their faith. That is exciting to me.


The other positive piece was the opportunity to meet with other Religious. There were 30 to 40 different Congregations and Orders represented. Men and women Religious of all kinds, each with his/her own community charism and specific way of living the Gospel message of service. Many were fellow Vocation Directors and it is always good to meet with my co-workers in that exciting ministry to our young men and women.


So even though I had to leave early, I thank God for the boost in the arm that the experienced proved to be--and I look forward to returning next year.


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