Staff Member: Fr. Mark Miller
Fr. Mark Miller
I was raised in rural Indiana on a farm near Trinity with my 4 brothers. My little sister died as a baby. When I graduated from grade school in our two-room parish school house, I went to the minor seminary of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. 13 years later I was ordained on June 19, 1971. My first assignment was as Associate Pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Sedalia, MO. After six wonderful years, I was assigned to a variety of ministries within my Precious Blood Community as well as serving as Pastor for 7 years at St. James parish in Kansas City, MO. After serving 8 years as Provincial of the Kansas City Province, I moved to Odessa Texas and was Parochial Vicar for 7 years for two parishes and a mission on the Southside. I was then asked to come back to Sedalia and become Pastor of the Catholic Churches of Pettis County which is comprised of two parishes and a mission plus a pre-K through 12 Catholic school. Much of my ministry has been so different from my childhood experiences. I could not have known what was in store for me when I first went to the seminary but I suspect this is true for most of us. Life has a way of offering us many more gifts and encounters than we deserve. All we can do is to give thanks and know that we have been blessed by a most generous God.