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 his CPE Assignment


CPE Beginnings: This past week I began a program known as CPE. The acronym stands for Clinical Pastoral Education. It most often takes place in a hospital setting but not necessarily so. I myself applied to, was accepted and have now completed the introductory week of CPE at a hospital in Lexington, Ky., called St. Joseph Hospital.


St. Joseph was founded by Catholic religious sisters (Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Ky.) quite a while ago and know belongs to an umbrella group called Catholic Healthcare Initiatives. It strives to provide all its patients with care that would give praise to God and ring in harmony with Gospel values and Catholic Social Teaching. 


After one week around the large hospital I feel that hospital chaplaincy is a daunting and challenging task. The variety of ministerial opportunities that can be contained within one shift at such a hospital is amazing. Although I’m just beginning I have already learned a great deal.


I have yet to visit a single patient. But I plan to blog a little throughout the summer (observing all HIPAA laws accordingly) about my experiences. Stay tuned to see how life at the hospital unfolds.


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