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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Day Two at the National Catholic Youth Conference

Dscf0926Dscf0934 The day began at the Nationwide Arena a couple of blocks from the greater Columbus Convention Center. There over 20,000 students gathered for music, prayer, and a key note presentation by Tony Melendez,Dscf0933 the guitarist/singer who performed for Pope John Paul II in 1987. Tony was born without arms and has become a worldwide sensation. I found the opening absolutely awe inspiring. The stage fit the theme of the conference ("Discover the Way") shaped like a ship with a cross on the bow. The music and prayer were very, very well planned and executed. To experience over 20,000 young people singing and praising Jesus moved me very deeply.


Dscf0936About 11:00 a.m. the group moved back to the  Convention Center for the rest of Dscf0944 the day. We celebrated the Eucharist at 11:45 a.m. Then the conference moved into concurrent sessions with what seemed to be endless milling of people from room to room. The food courts, corridors, and rooms were jammed. The "Port of Discovery" (vendors, games, and vocation exhibits) was overflowing all afternoon. And, what was really impressive to me, about 25 to 30 priests, myself included, heard confessions for two to three hours nonstop.


Costuming is a big part of the conference with each diocesan group wearing Dscf0908Dscf0949something distinctive. I had my picture taken with a couple of young ladies from Minnesota who were wearing moose ears and a  contingent from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati wearing flying pig hatsDscf0950. And then there were the " cows" from southern Indiana--not just hats but full costumes.


David_schunior_2I have also met up with a good number of friends at the conference including many fellow Vocation Directors as well as prior students from Walsh University who are now Youth Directors at their parishes. One young man, David Schunior from the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese, and I met when I was in Houston a few months ago working a local youth conference. It is good to see them all and to re-establish connection.

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Danny Levandoski

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