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 Richard Goodin, O.F.M. on Dinner and Conversation


Dinner and Conversation: A quiet Saturday at the friary ended with a joyful gathering of friars and new acquaintances. People ask quite often, "What is like to live in a friary?" Well, seeing that pictures are worth a thousand words and experiences are priceless, we invited a couple of guests over for supper so they could see for themselves.


Br. Colin met one of the gentlemen at a recent lecture on the Subtle Doctor of Franciscan theology, Bl. John Duns Scotus. Br. Colin was chatting about having recently done a brief mission trip to Jamaica, and the gentleman overheard him and piped up to share that he had done several such trips to Jamaica.  A conversation later, an acquaintance was made. The other guest was an acquaintance of mine and Br. Colin from our ministry at the John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.      


Our evening was simple. We ate a whole batch of homemade gumbo (yes, all from scratch) and had a few hours of quality conversation. It was a relaxing time. We did not dwell too much on any one thing.  We just got to know each other and shared stories of life.  


Funny how something so simple could be so much fun. Try it at home sometime. The recipe is easy: some time, some food, some friends mixed gently with acquaintances and next thing you know, you won't miss the TV!


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