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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"Here I Am Lord" National Conference

Dscf1118I am in Saint Charles, IL participating in the Here I Am Lord National Conference. It is centered at St. Patrick church and parish but it draws junior high and high school students from a large area including parts of Chicago. It began last evening and will continue through Sunday Liturgies on Sunday. At the left is a quick shot of the display I set up at the main meeting hall. (The coffee can is full of pens with the vocation office info on them, in case you are wondering. :-))

Today I joined the local diocesan vocation director, a seminarian for the diocese, and two Sisters at St. Thomas More Grade School where we did a program for the junior high students of four parishes. Meanwhile other teams were at other local grade schools while a large group was at St. Patrick. The day included input from us about Religious Life and Priesthood, a Q & A sessions where the kids asked some pretty insightful questions, a scavenger hunt in which they had to seek answers to printed questions from us, and a Holy Hour/Benediction, along with a lot of good upbeat music. I returned to St. Patrick tired but enthused about the day.

Tomorrow there will be programing at St. Patrick for the high school students. Tony Melendez, the guitarist whom I had the pleasure of seeing at the National Catholic Youth Conference last fall in Columbus, OH, will be here tomorrow evening. (see


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