The beatification of Brother James Miller, FSC, took place Saturday, December 7, in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Thousands gathered for the beatification, which took place on the soccer fields of Colegio De La Salle de Huehuetenango, where Brother James served until his death. Brother James is the first De La Salle Christian Brother from the United States to be beatified.
Brother Superior Robert Schieler, FSC, was in attendance at the beatification, along with Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC, General Councilor for the Lasallian Region of North America, Brother Michael Ferhenbach, FSC, Midwest District Visitor, Brother James' sister Louise Shafranski, Brothers, and educators from around the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) and the wider Lasallian family.
"The life and witness of Blessed Brother James Miller was front and center in the compelling and beautiful beatification ceremonies, to be sureit was also an occasion to remember the countless number of innocents, predominantly Mayans, who lost their lives in Guatemala's 36-year civil war. It was for Mayan education and dignity that Brother James dedicated himself," said Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC.
Brother Frank Carr, FSC, a classmate of Brother James said, "Jim [Miller] was such an ordinary guy that I found myself reflecting on that simplicity as I was immersed in the inspiring ceremony in Guatemala. It means all of us can be 'Blessed' if we live simplyAND for others. I look at the official portrait of him and see the almost imperceptible smile on his face and admire him for sacrificing himself for those kids. I was with him for four years, but who would have thought we would witness his beatification?"