23
MAR
2018

Brother James Miller to be Beatified by Vatican

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It has officially been announced that the date for Brother James Miller’s beatification ceremony will be DATE at LOCATION. This follows the historic announcement by Pope Francis on DATE that Br. James Miller will be elevated to Blessed in the Roman Catholic Church. Details on the Br. James Miller beatification ceremony, including ceremony time, will be released in the coming weeks.

An American missionary, Brother James was killed in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, on Feb. 13, 1982. While repairing a wall for the De La Salle Indian School, three hooded men approached Br. James and shot him. It is thought that this occurred because the Brothers were relentless in their efforts to keep the Indian boys from being conscripted into the military.

Br. James is an alumnus of Saint Mary’s University Minnesota, where he received his undergraduate degree in 1966 and his graduate degree in 1974. After graduating from Saint Mary’s, Br. James taught at Cretin High School, now Cretin-Derham Hall, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, for several years before going to Nicaragua, and eventually Guatemala.

Br. James will be the first FSC from the United States to be beatified. The cause of beautification was undertaken by the Diocese of Huehuetenango, Guatemala in 2009 and received the Decree of Validity in Rome in 2010 when Brother James was designated a Servant of God and a martyr for the faith. As a martyr, Br. James must have one miracle posthumously attributed to him to reach the next level toward official sainthood, which is canonization.

For more information about Brother James Miller, click here.

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