The ordinary life of an educator … lived in an extraordinary way
On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints at the Vatican announced the official date of Beatification of Brother James Miller, FSC. The celebration will occur on December 7, 2019 at 10:00am in Huehuetenango, Guatemala.
Brother James will be the first De La Salle Christian Brothers from the United States to be beatified.
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.
After his death Brother Paul Grass, the De La Salle Brothers Regional Superior at that time, released the following statement to the press:
"I want to state very clearly that Brother James’ death was no accident. Brother Santiago died for what he was and for what he stood for – a Lasallian educator, and apostle of the poor and underprivileged, a worker for justice and of social change."
Brother James Miller, FSC
Born on September 21, 1944 on his family farm near Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Murdered on February 13, 1982 at the age of 37, at the Lasallian school in Huehuetenango, Guatemala.
Declared a Martyr by Pope Francis on November 8, 2018
In the tradition of the Catholic Church, as a martyr, Brother James must have one miracle posthumously attributed to him to reach the next level toward official sainthood, which is canonization.
For more information about the Man, the Martyr, and the Mission: who he was, why he died, how it affects us, the three brief YouTube videos found here may be of interest:
Here at Manhattan College, in these days leading up to the celebration of the Beatification of Brother James on December 7, 2019 at 10:00am in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, we are invited to join in prayer celebrating our Blessed Brother James Miller, FSC, and our shared commitment to the value of a Lasallian education.
Let us call to mind that we are in the Holy Presence of God as we pray:
Loving and gracious God, we thank you for the gift of our Blessed Brother James Miller, apostle to the suffering poor of Central America.
Grant that we may find inspiration in his example of selfless service, dedicating his life to educating the poor and alleviating their oppression.
Continue to grace us, O God of justice and compassion, with the courage to prepare those who are entrusted to our care here at Manhattan College, for lives of personal development, professional success, civic engagement, and service to their fellow human beings.
In confidence and with humble and hopeful hearts we pray in your Holy Name, O God.