Author Archives: Philip Miller

Franciscan Missions of Patzún Guatemala

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In the beginning June 3, 1994 was the first time that I walked through these gates and into the missions.  It was the first year for las Hermanas Franciscanas de la Concepción Inmaculada as well.  The Guatemalan civil war was … Continue reading

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Bob Hentzen

Bob Hentzen, founder of the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, died Oct. 8, 2103 at 77.   In 1981 Bob, along with family and friends, created the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging.   Bob loved the poor with … Continue reading

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Oakland Catholic girls raise nearly $4,000 at Cathedral Masses on the first Sunday of Advent

Oakland Catholic girls raise nearly $4,000 at Cathedral Masses on the first Sunday of Advent. Those are facts but not the story. We see Grace McHale grinning at a plastic bag, the contents of which are cash wrapped in paper … Continue reading

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Who are these guys?

Who are these four priests celebrating Mass together? The third from the left is Padre Justi, missionary Franciscan priest from Italy, assigned to San Bernardino Parish in Patzún.  We know that the photo is older than 1998, the year of … Continue reading

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Heaven

I’m going out on a limb here but I do claim that, in striking respects, heaven is a lot like my evening of April 24th, 2013. That is one day before my sister’s birthday, just two before my son’s and, … Continue reading

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Old Friends

There is a perfectly good explanation as to why a few weeks ago Roger and I sat in my office fighting back tears. We met in 1979, the first year for both of us at Carnegie Mellon’s Computer Science Department. … Continue reading

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Of course they’re nice. They’re from La Roche.

Photographs by Eric Miller “… after 2 days in Guatemala being aware that I was not going to be having that tourist experience I no longer cared about LRX, or credits, or school, or even home at all. I wanted … Continue reading

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… una noche tranquila y una santa muerte.

My father died at about 2 am this morning, January 31, 2013. In declining health for years the past 16 months had seen him pause at successively lower plateaus of health. He turned 91 in early September so decline and … Continue reading

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I’m not a religious person.

“I’m not a religious person but I decided that my family and I will spend Christmas day at an orphanage in the slums”, explained Andrew Lewela Mwanyota to a group of people who gathered at the pilot offering of the Software … Continue reading

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They all bore witness to the Word: she bore the Word.

It had been a few years since I visited Mary at her Basilica in Mexico City1 , maybe 3 years certainly not yet 5 but way too many for sure. It seems there is nothing I can say or do for … Continue reading

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