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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Transitus of Saint Clare

Blessing_with_relic_2Last evening a good number of local Friars and the Postulants joSr_mary_dorisined the Poor Clares in celebrating the "Transitus" or Passing of Saint Clare from this life into eternal life. This is an annual celebration which Franciscans throughout the world observe. We also observe the Transitus of Saint Francis on the evening before his Solemnity in October. Pictured on  the left are the Poor Clares blessing us with the relic of Saint Clare. On the right is Sr. Mary Doris, the Abbess, welcoming us before the celebration began.


A local custom is an ice cream social following the Transitus. The Friars, Ann_and_louis_bartkoPostulants, and Sisters gathered in the monastery dining room and recreation room for ice cream and home-made cookies. At the gathering were Sr. Ann Bartko, O.S.C.and her brother Fr. Louis Bartko, O.F.M. The Bartkos are from northern Ohio and now both reside in Cincinnati.


John_stein_and_postulantsPictured here are some of the Postulants visiting with Fr. John Stein, O.F.M. who will be one of their Novice Directors next year. Pictured from left to right are Andrew Stettler, O.F.M., a Temporary Professed Friar who is about to leave for four months in Pakistan, and Postulants, Tim Tran, Clifford Hennings, and Joshua van Cleef--all a little blurry. :-(


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