Blessed James Miller for All Souls

Let Us Remember...

This year for All Souls, we are honored to remember Saint Mary's alumnus and recently beatified Blessed James Miller, FSC. We invite you to unite with us in a prayer for the departed, using the following prayer:

Blessed James Miller, be with me as I pray for the souls of those departed from this life.
(pause and reflect)

In your compassionate love, please pray that they may behold our loving God in heaven.

Blessed James Miller, you lived and died for the youth you served in Guatemala, and remind us that we are all called to serve one another. Intercede for me and help me to understand the death of my loved ones as a new birth into eternal life in heaven.


A Letter from Father President James P. Burns:


Dear Friend of Saint Mary’s:

Among the many important and meaningful traditions in the Catholic Church and at Saint Mary’s is the upcoming observation of All Souls Day on Nov. 2. We invite you to join us in prayer during the month of November in gratitude for the memories we hold of our dearly departed and the relationships we will forever treasure. In the Lasallian Catholic tradition, we recall them through our shared presence of God as we pray for the repose of their souls. Praying through the great Communion of Saints and with the Holy Souls, we lift our minds, our hearts, and our own souls, with them, to our good God.

This is a time purposely set aside to call to mind those we have known: beloved family and close friends who have touched our lives deeply and significantly. We also remember neighbors, teachers, De La Salle Christian Brothers, other religious, clergy, and all those who have contributed to our social, physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth. We honor their influence in our lives.

This also is a time to honor those we may not know personally but are worthy of our prayers and remembrance. The lives lost to COVID-19 as well as to violence and brutality are also ones I ask you to remember and pray for their peaceful repose.

We welcome you to send the names of deceased friends and loved ones, using the remembrance form above. These names and intentions will be placed on the altar at Saint Thomas More Chapel on our Winona Campus. We will remember them — and you — when we come together during the month of November each day at 12:10 p.m. and on Sundays for Holy Mass. Additionally, students will be praying for these intentions at different times throughout the month of November, specifically during Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays and in praying our communal Rosary on Thursdays. In this way, together and by association, we will pray for those who have passed from this world and await a joyful resurrection in God’s kingdom.

Our prayer this year calls upon Saint Mary’s alumnus and recently beatified Blessed James Miller to intercede for us. He gave his life defending and protecting the youth he served. May it act as an invitation to remember how all of us are called to serve one another and also to remember how God’s presence remains with us, in and through those loved ones who have died. Using the words written at the top of this page, we invite you to unite with us in prayer for the departed.

Finally, we give thanks to God for you and for all those whose generosity and love have touched our hearts and lives.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.

Mary, patroness of our university, pray for us.

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.

Rev. Father James P. Burns, IVD, Ph.D.