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 Approved for 2011

The Admissions Board met on January 29, 2011 and approved three men for our Postulancy Class of 2011. This is the first of three meetings of the Board this winter and spring.

Brandon Elliott3 First approved is Brandon Elliott, 24, of Elwood, IN. Brandon was born in Circleville, OH but was reared in Indiana. He is a certified EMT and has held a number of jobs while studying at Ivy Tech Community College, Peru State College and Excelsior College. He lives with his parents and has a married sister and brother. He is active in his local parish where he has helped with the Religious Education of children.

Matthew O'Hearn3 Second approved is Matthew O'Hearn, 36, of Cambridge, NY. Matthew isf the youngest of five children having an older brother and three sisters. He earned a BA in Philosophy from Wadhams Hall Seminary College and has taken classes in Theology from Christ the King Seminary. Having looked first at the Capuchin Franciscans, Matthew sought out the OFMs in 2009. Matthew has worked as a nurse's aide.

Jeffrey Schmitz3 The final approval is Jeffrey Schmitz, 40, presently from Silver Spring, MD where he teaches in the Public School System. Jeff was born and reared in Lafayette, IN and has one younger sister. Jeff earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and a MEd from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked with the Peace Corps in Benin Africa and as an engineer for the State Department. He has traveled extensively and picked up a usable knowledge of French and Spanish along the way.

We joyfully welcome these three men into our Postulancy Program and continue to prepare others to join them as the Class of 2011.




Mark Schmitz

Congratulations to all three men and to the province. May all your journeys be blest.

richard goodin, ofm

Glory be to Jesus Christ! Thank you Fr. Don for posting about these three new members of the friar minor/formation family! I remember my early days and there were not too many men in formation. Now! look at how many men are giving this friar minor way an honest look! God is Good! Congrats guys and I look forward to sharing this way of life with you!

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