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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Postulants' "Graduation"

Kenan_at_the_grillFeastingIn the elegant dining environment of the friary garage, (note the delicate flower arrangement and the table candles) the friars not only celebrated Memorial Day, but also the "Graduation" of our Postulant Class of 2007. While everyone chipped into the preparation, cooking, and cleanup, Fr. Kenan, O.F.M. was the chief chef for this community feast (seen slaving over the grill on the right).

Procession_2Attired in "cap and gown," the graduates made a solemn entry. Then each was awarded a "diploma" which stated clearly in bold print that it is a "useless piece of paper". Seen below are each of the graduates receiving their diploma and then a class picture (suitable for framing, I'm sure).


TimDan_3(Left to right: Roger, Joshua, Clifford, Tim and Dan.)

While we had a good deal of fun, we seriously want to wish our Postulants well as they leave us on Sunday,Graduates_with_diplomas June 1, for a few weeks vacation before entering the Novitiate on June 24. In the meantime, Richard Goodin, O.F.M. will be leaving the novitiate after he professes Temporary Vows on June 14. He will move on to a summer of studies at St. Bonaventure University and then on to Chicago where his formation will continue in the Interprovincial House of Formation. Andrew Stettler, O.F.M., presently finishing his time in Temporary Profession will profess Solemn Vows in late August.


Bev Helfrich

Fr. Don thank you so much for your very informative blog which allowed me to follow my very own Postulant's 1st year journey at beautiful St. Anthonys. I visit the blog often and look forward to new pictures. I'm still smiling after viewing the graduation pictures! Congratulations to all the Postulants! God bless you as you continue on in Cedar Lake.
Peace & Love, Bev (Dan's mom :)

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