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Br. James Miller, FSC

The Vatican announced on Thursday, November 8, 2018, that 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.

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Midwest District Website

This website provides a host of printed materials about Br. James, including a powerpoint, brochure, timeline, and the like.

Also included are a variety of prayer resources, images, videos, and other resources that may be ordered.

This is the first GO-TO place for information about Br. James Miller and the process of his beatification.

Icon of Br. James Miller, FSC

Here is another icon of Brother James that was produced by Trinity Stores.

The image is available on a wood plaque, wall frame, desk frame, and mini-magnet frame.

It may also be purchased an in image on a devocational candle, a coffee mug, a note card, a Giclée print, or holy cards.

There are also other items on which the image may be printed through this website.

Hymn to Br. James Miller, FSC

Br. George Klawitter, CSC, of Notre Dame University has a composed a hymn in honor of Br. James Miller.

It was based on a reading of his life, along with other resources.

Br. George may be contacted at gklawitter@hcc-nd.edu