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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Three prospectives, five days, eight flights, four cities, five airports, and a visit with a good friend

I just returned from a five day blitz through Texas and into Alabama to visit three young men interested in our way of life. The trip involved eight flights and I landed in four different cities and five airports; some huge and some very small. I appreciated the warm weather that the south is enjoying and relished the southern hospitality shown me. Two evenings I was with a fellow Friar who is a good friend and we enjoyed some fine Texan food.


So what does this say? It says that there are some wonderful perks in being a Vocation Director. You get to meet some wonderful and generous young men who are willing to take a look at our way of life. I thoroughly enjoy visiting these men and listening to their stories of faith and courage. It is extremely reassuring to know that the next generation of Catholic men find our vocation attractive and are willing to step forward and to say so. God is good and is blessing our province with many wonderful prospectives.


Another perk is getting to travel all over the place. I love to travel and I enjoy talking to people along the way. I used to think my dad was strange for striking up conversations with total strangers. Well, I'm finding myself doing the same thing--and enjoying it. There are many helpful and delightful people on this earth and we are all one human race. We share more in common that we differ from one another. Cultures and differences only enrich the mix.


The third perk is getting to visit with Friars. I try to stop by to see the members of my community when I am in their areas. It is great to spend time and share life with brothers.


Think I enjoy my ministry?


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