In honor of the anticipated beatification of Brother James Miller, FSC, Lasallian Volunteers (LV), in collaboration with the Midwest District, will host a pilgrimage to honor the life and legacy of Brother James, a native of Wisconsin who died as a martyr on February 13, 1982, in Huehuetenango, Guatemala.
In November, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing that Brother James died as a martyr, an important step in his cause for beatification. The process to declare him a martyr began in 2009. Brother James was repairing a school wall when he was approached by three men, who shot and killed him.
LVs will take part in the pilgrimage May 27 – June 1, 2019, to more deeply learn about Brother James and his childhood by visiting the high school he attended, his home parish, his family’s property and his current burial place. Anyone interested in joining the LVs is welcome to participate in a special one-day pilgrimage on Wednesday, May 29 from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, where Brother James was born, to Polonia, Wisconsin, where Brother James is buried. This event is free to attend. Registration will begin in mid-March.
The pilgrimage is very much in line with opportunities being hosted by Lasallians worldwide in celebration of Year of Lasallian Vocations, which marks the 300th anniversary of Saint John Baptist de La Salle’s entry into eternal life and celebrates the impact of the mission he started. This will be a wonderful experience for LVs to connect more deeply with the Lasallian charism and the Year of Lasallian Vocations.
For more information on the pilgrimage, contact Lasallian Volunteers at 202-529-0047.