In honor of the anticipated beatification of Brother James Miller, FSC, Lasallian Volunteers (LV), in collaboration with the Midwest District, is hosting 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.
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. Click here to register by Monday, May 20>
- Walk begins at Pacelli High School at 1301 Maria Drive, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, at 9:00 a.m. Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m.
- Estimated arrival at the St. Martin Cemetery in Ellis, Wisconsin, at 11:45 a.m.
- A prayer service at the gravesite of Brother James will take place soon after arrival.
- A Eucharistic procession will take place from the cemetery to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Polonia immediately following the conclusion of the prayer service at approximately 12:30 p.m.
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.