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.
Brother James Miller died as a martyr Feb. 13, 1982, in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. 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. Brother James is the first De La Salle Christian Brother from the United States to be beatified.
Following the beatification ceremony on December 7, 2019, in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, February 13, was chosen as his Feast Day to commemorate the date of his death As a martyr, Br. James must have one miracle posthumously attributed to him to reach the next level toward official sainthood, which is canonization.
Resources about Br. James Miller are linked on THIS PAGE of the website.
The official “Collect” or prayer for his commemoration is below:
who, on account of the wonderful confession of your holy name,
bestowed the glory of martyrdom on that wise teacher of the youth,
Blessed James Alfred Miller,
grant, we pray,
that by his intercession
we may remain firm in professing the faith unto death.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.