The Beatification of Blessed Brother James Miller took place in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Members of the Lasallian family gathered for the celebration, including Brother Michael Fehrenbach, Visitor of the Midwest District, numerous Brothers, members of the Miller family and several representatives from the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and Cretin-Derham Hall communities.
On Thursday, November 8, 2018, Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing that Brother James Miller died as a martyr Feb. 13, 1982, in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. The process for declaring him a martyr began in 2009 and received this important ‘green light’ from the theological commission, which means we will soon be able to celebrate his beatification. Brother James is the first De La Salle Christian Brothers from the United States to be beatified. The cause of beatification was undertaken by the Diocese of Huehuetenango, Guatemala 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, Brother James must have one miracle posthumously attributed to him to reach the next level toward official sainthood, which is canonization.
The beatification ceremony was streamed live on Facebook from Colegio De La Salle Huehuetenango. Watch the recording of the live stream below.
National Catholic Reporter, “US brother beatified on soccer fields of Guatemalan school he served,” David Argen, December 9, 2019
The Catholic Spirit, “A saint of their own: Cretin-Derham Hall prepares for Brother James Miller’s beatification,” Christiana Capecchi, November 22, 2019
The Compass, “Work on Wisconsin farm prepared slain brother for service in Guatemala,” Sam Lucero, November 19, 2019
Catholic News Service, “Martyred religious brother from Wisconsin farm family to be beatified in Guatemala,” December 7, 2019