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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Profession and New Novices

Tom_olsen_profession_dayI returned from Canterbury, England last Monday and have been trying to re-establishToms_knotted_cord  some sense of order in the Vocation Office. I'm making significant headway, but . . . . Anyway, while I was away two significant events took place in our provincial formation programs. The first was Friar Tom Olsen, O.F.M. made his first Profession of Temporary Vows at the Novitiate in Cedar Lake, IN on June 15. At that time, Tom received a cord with knots. Since the knots represent our vows, the novices wear a habit with a cordTom_receives_cord  without knots. They receive a knotted cord when they make their profession of vows. Toms_profession_of_vowsOur Provincial Minister, Fr. Fred Link, O.F.M., was there to receive Tom's Profession. Pictured on the left are Fr. Fred receiving Tom's profession with Fr. Ed Tlucek, O.F.M. in the middle and Fr. Dennet Jung, O.F.M. on the right. Frs. Ed and Dennet are the Directors of Novices. Fr. Ed is a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province and Fr. Dennet is a member of our Saint John the Baptist Province. Cedar Lake is the site of our interprovincial novitiate which serves Assumption, St. John the Baptist, and Sacred Heart Provinces.


Postulants_leave_for_novitiateThe second big events was that Dennis Geib and Richard Goodin returned from a brief Dennet_richard_ed_and_dennisvacation on June 23 to pack their  belongings to head for their novitiate year which began on June 25. On the left, Richard packs the van while Dennis and Fr. Frank Geers, O.F.M. assist. Fr. FrankRichard_in_room is our Associate Director of Postulants. On the  right, Frs. Dennet Dennis_in_room_2(left) and Fr. Ed (second from right), the Directors of Novices, pose with Richard and Dennis, our new novices. On the left, Dennis poses in his new room and Richard (on the right) does likewise. (It appears that Richard got the corner room with two windows.)


Fr. Carl Langenderfer, O.F.M., our Director of Postulants, attended Tom's Profession and drove Richard and Dennis to Cedar Lake. He graciously offered to share with us all of the photos in this post. Tomorrow and Sunday our five new postulants will arrive here at St. Anthony in Cincinnati. These are busy days for the formation programs of our province.


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