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By all accounts, Jeremy Miller was one of Xavier’s all-time best tennis players. His name still stands several times in the record books—10th in all-time singles wins with 63, 10th in all-time doubles wins with 51, 6th in overall wins with 114.

But during his career at Xavier from 2003-2007, the one-time standout discovered a different kind of love than that found on the tennis court. The philosophy major felt called to become a priest, and this past spring, as the tennis team was preparing for the Atlantic 10 Tournament, Miller was being ordained into the Order of the Diaconate at the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo, Ohio.

Miller, who was one of five candidates being ordained, was accompanied by Xavier’s archivist, Thomas Kennealy, S.J., as a Vestor.

Longtime tennis coach Jim Brockhoff was in attendance for the ordination, as well as for Miller’s first homily, which was given on Palm Sunday in Port Clinton, Ohio, near Miller’s hometown of Marblehead, Ohio. A former classmate, Sr. Kate O’Leary, a Franciscan novice in Chicago, was also there.

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On His Game

Tennis standout Doug Matthews has taken his tennis skills from the courts to the coaches’ corner, being hired as an assistant coach this year after graduating in 2009 with back-to-back honors as the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year. But he’s also proving that he hasn’t lost his game. In July, Matthews won the men’s singles title at the Cincinnati Met, the city’s highly competitive, highly prestigious public tennis tournament. He was also part of the teams that won the men’s doubles and mixed doubles titles, making him only the second person in the tournament’s history to win three titles in the same year. The titles give Matthews a total of eight Met championships of the 14 in which he’s played.

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