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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Saint Anthony Day Party

Dscf0454Last evening the Conventual Friars hosted a Saint Anthony Day party for the communityDscf0459 here at the Centre and some friends from the wider community. It was both an occasion to celebrate a great saint of the Franciscan movement, but also to say "Farewell" to one of the Conventual Franciscans who has been assigned to a local parish in Rye. At the left is Antony Jukes, a member of the English Franciscan province, who is about to make his final profession of vows. Antony is one of the Level III student I have this semester. On the right, Antony is joined by his classmate Alvydas and others in song. Alvydas is a Franciscan from Lithuania who is also preparing to  make his final vows later this summer.


Dscf0458 Two distinguished participants at the gathering were Fathers Ninian and Pasquale. Fr. Ninian is a member of the English Franciscans and Fr. Pasquale is an Italian Capuchin. I caught them conversing over a glass of wine and a sandwich and thought that the picture captures more than two friars sitting on a bench. While the two belong to different branches of the Franciscan First Order and have spent their lives as friars in different countries, yet there is much that they have in common as followers of Saint Francis. Their venerable ages and their wisdom stemming from their years of living the life are an inspiration to all of us here at the Franciscan International Study Centre.


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