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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Provincial Chapter begins

120I arrived at St. Meinrad yesterday afternoon and joined the rest of the Planning Committee as we looked over our new surroundings and made plans for the week. At 5:30 p.m. we drove into Tell City and joined one of our friars who lives there for a wonderfully relaxing dinner and evening. This morning we celebrated Mass and began seriously preparing for the arrival of the rest of the province.

After a morning of preparation and an afternoon of welcoming and registering the community we gathered in chapel for the official beginning of Chapter 2008. Pictured above are Fr. Fred link, O.F.M., out outgoing Provincial Minister, myself, the Executive Secretary for the Chapter, and Bro Andrew Brophy, O.F.M., our Visitor General who is from the Assumption Province and was assigned by our General Minister in Rome to oversee the Chapter and our elections--which will take place on Thursday.

103_3The opening prayer was followed by supper and our first session.136 In the picture on the right we see the group enjoying some humorous quip in the midst of a serious evening in which our Provincial Minister, Fr. Fred, gave the closing report of his administration. The moving presentation was followed by a social honoring our outgoing administration.

Below are more pictures of the day.

128Left, Postulant, soon-to-be-Novice, Josh van Cleef reports on the 097_2equipment in the gym which he scouted out for the group. Right, Archabbot Justin Du Vall welcomes the group to147 Saint Meinrad Archabbey. Eight hundred years ago, both Saints Francis and Clare found hospitality with the Benedictines of their day. Novice Richard Goodin, O.F.M. claps and smiles as Fr. Fred concludes his presentation. (The photos were all taken by Fr. Frank Jasper, O.F.M.)

Tomorrow we hear the report by Bro.. Andrew and begin looking at the formal proposal presented for discussion.  


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