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.
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On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints announced the official date of Beatification of Br. James Miller.
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. Br. James will be 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, Br. James must have one miracle posthumously attributed to him to reach the next level toward official sainthood, which is canonization.
In the afternoon of February 13, 1982, at the age of 37, in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, Brother James (Santiago) Miller was shot several times by three men and he died instantly. Attempts to identify the assassins were unsuccessful. After funeral rites in Guatemala and in Saint Paul, Minnesota, he was buried in the parish cemetery in Polonia, Wisconsin.
About Brother James Miller, FSC
- Background on Brother James (Santiago) Miller, FSC
- Brother James Miller Q&A (Excerpt from De La Salle Today)
- My Co-Worker, Blessed Brother James Miller, An Essay By: Brother Paul Joslin, FSC
- Brother James Miller PowerPoint
- Beatification Timeline
- Memorial to Brother James Alfred Miller, FSC
- Celebrating our Blessed Brother James Miller Prayer Card
- Celebrating the Beatification of Brother James Miller
- Remembering our Brother James Miller
- Celebrating our Brother James Miller
- Prayer Video (Redirects to YouTube)
Videos (Redirects to YouTube)
- DVD/CD on Brother James Miller produced by the Midwest District
- Brother James Miller Icon Poster
(11″ x 17″)
- Brother James Miller Icon Print
(8″ x 10″)