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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Death of My Classmate

Tod LavertyAfter a long, drawn-out battle with cancer, my sole ordination classmate, Fr. Tod Laverty, O.F.M. died this afternoon while visiting with his brother and his family in Canada.


Tod and I met in late August 1963 when we both entered the province at Duns Scotus College in Southfield, MI. We are the only one from that class who were ordained and that was in in 1972. I had gone to Detroit specifically to see him before his death last December and saw him again in the spring of this year when I was in Detroit for a vocation fair. I joked with him that I was not coming back to say goodbye because he just wouldn't die.


Fr. Tod was 69 years old. We have been Friars for 47 years and priests for 41. Ironically Tod celebrated our 40th anniversary of vows commenting at that time that he wasn't sure he would make it to our 50th.
May he rest in peace!

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