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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Chat with two of the Pilgrims

Richard Goodin poster Clifford hennings posterThis morning I had a brief opportunity to speak with two of the young Friars who have been on pilgrimage in Virginia the past six weeks or so. Friar Richard Gooding (left) and Friar Clifford Hennings (right) were in Cincinnati briefly and were able to stop by the Vocation Office for a quick chat.

The enthusiasm and excitement for their experience was palpable. They are still on cloud nine, but I also sense a true humility as they spoke about God's providence and people's goodness to them on their trip. They each had stories of occasions when things "just fell into place" for them and their confreres. It was obvious that the Lord was with them.

I asked them about some practical situations like how did they do laundry and where did they get their meals. Clifford said that they did laundry at some of the homes where folks gave them shelter. He also said that he gained a little weight dueto the amount of food people offered they as they traveled. Drivers would come by with water and granola bars, folks would have them in for supper and give them shelter for the night, etc.

But both emphasized the fact that the real gist of the trip is beyond the stories. They headed out to "build the Kingdom by relationship," said Clifford, and that they did. He reflected that when you have nothing, you are open to building relationships. Richard says the he views them as a pebble thrown into the water which then ripples out. For example, often those who interviewed them along the way would later re-contact them in order to have a chance to tell the Friars their story. Both said that their fraternity is what impressed and attracted others.

The six Friars involved in the Pilgrimage are back to the reality of Francsican daily life with a renewed sense of commitment and a deeper faith in God.



Good Job :)

If God wills that I join, Another Travel will have to be planned, this time bringing a Big Cross Styrofoam/wood with wheels as a big witness!

Pax :)


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