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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Off to the Air Force Academy
120627-F-XX000-001I'm off to the Air Force Academy tomorrow for a three day working visit. While there I will address the Catholic cadets concerning Religious Vocations on Monday evening. Then on Tuesday I will deliver a formal talk to the faculty and staff concerning the Role Of Religion in the Social Dialogue.
I'm excited about this opportunity and the chance to join Fr. (Col.) Bob Bruno, O.F.M. who is presently the academy Catholic chaplain. Fr. Bob has spent his priesthood serving the air force.



Four Make a "Come and See" Weekend
ClassReed Thompson from Geneseo, IL; Rick Payne from Indianapolis, IN; Josh Heskamp from Wadsworth, OH; and Damon Tritle from Chambersburg, PA joined the Franciscan community at St. Anthony Friary in Cincinnati, OH for a Come and See weekend October 19-21, 2012. Franciscan Brothers Colin King and Eric Seguin from Chicago assisted in the weekend as well. These are the first young men to make such a weekend with us this academic year. The next Come and See will be held November 30 through December 2, 2012.

The Year of Faith; Pope John XXIII
There is a movie about Pope John XXIII in which Ed Asner plays the role of the elder Papal Statesman elected Pope. I watched it on my laptop once evening a few months ago and found it very moving and enlightening. I had forgotten some of the diplomatic achievements of Angelo Roncalli as a Monsignor, Bishop, and Cardinal. His assignments in Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and France prepared him for his Papal service to the world, various cultures, and ecumenism.

Pope John XXIII's episcopal motto was "Obedience and Peace." These two virtues became the guiding lights of his life in general and of his papacy in particular. Renowned as the gentle pope, John XXIII managed to address the issues of his day in spite of stiff opposition from the Curial Officials with whom he had to work. He won them over by being a man of integrity, compromise, and peace.

The Documents of Vatican II are the results of his life, in many ways. His ability to listen to the "signs of the times" and to allow the Church to move into the modern world with its wonderful Gospel message is captured in the writings of the Council. Pope Benedict XVI has called for the Year of Faith to begin with and to sink deep roots in these Conciliar Documents. They are worth a read or a reread in light of the signs of our times.

The Year of Faith
The YEAR OF FAITH begins today on this 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council. Pope John XXIII, whose feast day we celebrate today as well, had called the council in 1959. This elderly pope who no one thought would do much shook up the Vatican and the Church by calling for a council of the hierarchy of the entire Church. He did not intend for the gathering to define any new doctrine but to re-present our faith in words and actions that better fit the modern world. WHAT we believe was not touched; HOW WE TALK ABOUT AND ACT ON WHAT WE BELIEVE was renewed. The Gospel message has to be spoken to every culture and age and that often requires new presentation.

Pope John faced some serious opposition from the heads of the various Vatican offices. Those curial officials saw no need--some even saw a danger--in opening up the internal working of the Church to all of the bishop of the world. Pope John calmly and convincingly assured them that they were not the only ones who understood what the Church is all about. If anything, Vatican II restated firmly the universal role of each and every bishop.

It might be good for all of us to re-read the documents of the Council. I know that I hear a lot of statements concerning what Vatican II said or did. It may be good during this Year of Faith to go back and read the message of the council in the words of the Council Fathers who wrote the documents that have such a fantastic influence on our Church today.

Vocation Office Facebook Page and The Year of Faith

October 11, 2012 is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Benedict XVI has called for a Year of Faith beginning this Thursday,  October 11. This is a time for each of us and all of us to renew our faith commitment to God and to the Church.

I will periodically be posting materials throughout the year having to do with the Year of faith both here and on the Vocation Office Facebook page.

Vocation Office Facebook Page