Robert Joseph Miller was born in Grand Rapids, MI in 1950. After seminary studies in WI and NY (1964-1977), he obtained a B.A. in Philosophy (1973), Masters of Religious Education (1975) and Masters of Divinity (1977). He professed vows as a member of a Catholic religious order (the Redemptorists) in 1970, and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in June 1976. His assignments were as Associate Pastor in Davenport, IA (1977-1981); a member of the Redemptorist Mission Team in Chicago (1981-1988), traveling the country preaching missions, retreats and parish renewals; and active work with Marriage Encounter, the Charismatic Renewal, retreat/mission preaching, and healing/charismatic Masses around the Midwest. In 1986, he graduated from the Pecos School for Charismatic Spiritual Directors.
In 1990, Fr. Bob officially joined the Archdiocese of Chicago, and began ministering in Chicago's African-American south-side community, first at St. Joachim Church (1990-1995), and then Co Pastor (later Administrator) of Holy Angels Church (1995-2006) in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood. In July 2006, he became Pastor of St. Dorothy Church, also on the southside of Chicago, where he is ministering at present. Between 1995-2002, he authored five books on various aspects of spirituality, Scripture, meditation and griefwork. In 1996 he founded Genesis Housing Development Corporation, a faith-based group building affordable housing on Chicago’s southside (www.genesishdc.org) - a group he remains active Chair of to this date.
Since 1994, Fr. Bob has taught Church History (Ecclesiology) in the Deacon & Lay Ministry Formation programs of the Chicago Archdiocese. From 2003-2006, he held official positions in the Civil War Round Table of Chicago (www.thecwrt.org, the founding group of the “Round Table” movement), culminating in helping lead two battlefield tours, and becoming President of that group in 2005-06. From January – June 2006, Fr. Bob took a sabbatical at Notre Dame University, taking courses in spirituality and, fulfilling a long-held dream, completed his sixth book, entitled ‘Both prayed to the same God’ – Religion and Faith in the American Civil War (Lexington Publishers, 2007). He continues to travel in speaking and promoting the topic of Civil War religion, as well as pastoring St. Dorothy’s, and ministering around the Midwest.
Rev. Robert Miller has authored six books, as well as numerous articles:
|Finding Your Place in the Universe
||(Abbey Press, 1995)
Reflections and Stories for Men Coping with Loss
|(Abbey Press, 1996)
|Falling into Faith
||(Sheed & Ward, 2000)
|Fire in the Deep
||(Sheed & Ward, 2001)
|Surprised by Love
||(Sheed & Ward, 2002)
|Both prayed to the same God –
Religion and Faith in the American Civil War
|(Lexington Publishers, 2007)
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