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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More and better pictures of Friar Andrew's Solemn Profession

Dsc_0083As the Solemn Profession Mass began, the friars led the procession into Church whereDsc_0071 Andrew's family and friends were gathered, including the Poor Clares (pictured on the right). An estimate I received is that about sixty friars participated in the event. There were more family and friends.


Dsc_0111For all of Andrew's years in formation, Fr. Fred Link, O.F.M. was our Provincial Minister. Dsc_0148 Fr. Fred, pictured on the right, is presently on a year of sabbatical at St. Bonaventure University, but he joined us and preached at the Profession Mass. This past May, Fr. Jeffrey Scheeler, O.F.M. (pictured on the left accepting Andrew's vows) was elected Provincial Minister for a six year term.


Dsc_0128Prior to pronouncing his vows, Andrew lay prostrate on the sanctuary floor while all of usDsc_0177 Dsc_0139 chanted the Litany of the Saints asking all of heaven to pray with us for Andrew. Then, placing his hands in the hands of the Provincial Minister he vowed to live the Franciscan Rule for the rest of his life. The Friars and Poor Clares then welcomed and congratulated Andrew with a sign of peace.


Dsc_0226Then, in true Franciscan fashion, everyone moved into the friary dining room and courtyard for a festive meal.


The occasion of a Solemn Profession for any Religious Community is always a celebration of hope and gratitude. As new members commit their lives to our community, they give us hope for the future. Friar Andrew gives us such hope and we are grateful for his willingness to answer the call from the Lord to join us.


The pictures are courtesy of Fr. Frank Jasper, O.F.M.


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Stan

Many congratulations to Friar Andrew and to the Province! This, too, is perfect joy!

Friar Andrew, thank you for this great witness. You give me hope! You give the Church hope!

May God give each of us the courage to do what He would have us do as has Friar Andrew.

Ad multos annos!

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