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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NRVC Conference in Louisville, KY (cont.)

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After a busy morning of workshops, we spent the afternoon on a bus tour in the hills of Kentucky. We first went to Bardstown and then on to the home of Makers Mark Bourbon. We got to see the entire production process which I found rather fascinating. It is really far more simple than I expected it to be. Actually, nature does the vast majority of it as the ingredients are distilled and fermented. We were each given a pint bottle which we dipped into the wax sealant and then got a small sample along with a bourbon candy.


Dscf0228Dscf0231From that "spirit" filled adventure we got back on the bus and drove to the Gethsemane Abbey. There for well over a hundred years men have prayed and lived their vocation in the beautiful surroundings of the Kentucky hills. While the place was busy with visitors, I could still experience the peace and calm of the place.


Dscf0234Dscf0237After spending a few quiet moments in the church, I went out into the cemetery to visit the grave of Thomas Merton. The grave is marked by a simple cross as are the graves of all of the monks buried there. The inscription on the cross refers to "Fr. Louis" since Thomas Merton's religious name was Louis.   


We then returned to the hotel where I met up with Fr. Brian Smail, O.F.M., the Vocation Director from Holy Name Province, and we walked back down to the activities on fourth street for supper. I didn't run into any "devils" tonight. Tomorrow and Monday morning we will continue our conference and sharing.   


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Friar Richard

Kentucky sure is a beautiful place, ain't it?

Jeffrey Scheeer

Don,

You sure keep busy! But we are grateful that you are spreading the Word in so many places about the good news of being a friar! In Chicago, Louisville, Cincinnati, and in so many other places. Thanks for walking with the men interested in Franciscan life.

All the best, your brother,

Jeff

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