Prayer Room Dedicated in Honor of Brother James “Santiago” Miller, FSC
Romeoville, Ill., February 17, 2016 - Christian Brothers Services (CBS) dedicated its new Prayer Room today in honor of Brother James “Santiago” Miller, FSC.
Attending today's dedication were Brother Michael Quirk, FSC, Ed.D, president and CEO of Christian Brothers Services, Brother Michael Fehrenbach, FSC, Christian Brothers Midwest District and Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois, Brother Paul Joslin, FSC, Lewis University, who served alongside Brother Miller in Guatemala, as well as the staff of CBS.
Born in 1944, Brother Miller was a De La Salle Christian Brother and member of the Midwest District. He was brutally shot to death on February 13, 1982, in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, while repairing a wall at the De La Salle Indian School. Brother Miller was very aware of the oppression of the Guatemalan Indian people and worked to provide training in job and leadership skills. He was thought to be martyred over the Brothers efforts to keep the Indian boys from being conscripted into the military. He previously taught at Cretin High School, now Cretin-Derham Hall, in St. Paul, Minnesota, before ministering to the people of Nicaragua and Guatemala.
The Prayer Room is a non-denominational space used for reflection, contemplation, spiritual meditation or prayer. The room contains six symbols representing the religions of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism as well as chairs, kneelers and a table. It also features an installation depicting Christ on the cross by renowned sculpture artist Juan Angel Chavez, whose work is made of all found materials, light and sound. The room is open to all CBS staff throughout the day.