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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Brother Colin King, O.F.M. joins the blog

Colinforblog050413Our final guest blogger is Brother Colin King, O.F.M. who is a student at the Catholic Theological Union and is in Temporary Vows. Brother Colin is heading to Jamaica next school year for his pastoral year. He and Brother richard took a group of college students to Jamaica over last christmas break and he explains in his blog.

Putting faith into action: During this past year, Br. Richard Goodin and I have been doing ministry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  When we met with Fr. Pat Marshall, the chaplain at UIC, he encouraged us to try and engage the students in concrete activities that would manifest the Church’s teaching.  One day we came up with the idea of having an Alternative Christmas Break trip to Jamaica, where Br. Richard spent his pastoral year and where I will be spending my pastoral year starting June 12th.  It sounded very simple at the time: Convince college students living in Chicago to spend a week in December at our missions in Jamaica.   After a couple of initial difficulties, like recruiting students and raising money, the trip came together.  A student from the Newman Center was able to recruit six peers, and several people donated money to pay for the trip as well as make a donation, with money left over.  We offer special thanks to the very generous people from St. Mary’s Parish in Bloomington, Ill.

Although it took more work to make the trip happen than either of us expected, it was a wonderful experience for all of us to put our faith into action and be in solidarity with the poor and marginalized in Jamaica.  This was also a  very strong reminder for me that as we take a step out in faith, God will provide for all that we need in an abundance that we cannot begin to understand.


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