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John Michael Miller

This article is about the Canadian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. For the microbiologist, see J. Michael Miller (microbiologist).
His Grace
John Michael Miller
Archbishop of Vancouver
Province British Columbia
Diocese Archdiocese of Vancouver
Installed January 2, 2009
Term ended present
Predecessor Raymond Roussin
Successor Incumbent
Other posts 2003 Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education
Ordination June 29, 1975
Consecration January 12, 2004
Personal details
Birth name John Michael Miller
Born (1946-07-09) July 9, 1946 (age 67)
Ottawa, Canada
Nationality American, Canadian
Denomination Roman Catholic
Alma mater University of Toronto
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
  • Veritati Servire
  • (To Serve the Truth)
Coat of arms
Styles of
John Miller
Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Grace
Religious style Archbishop

John Michael Miller, CSB (born July 9, 1946) is a Canadian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is currently Archbishop of Vancouver and its 475,000 Catholics. Miller, who prefers to be known as J. Michael Miller, succeeded to this post in January 2009, after serving as Coadjutor Archbishop from June 1, 2007.

He was previously Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, and thus a senior official of the Roman Curia.

Curriculum Vitae

Born on July 9, 1946 in the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Miller became a naturalized American citizen on March 28, 2003.


Miller joined the Congregation of St. Basil in 1966 and was ordained a priest by Pope Paul VI on June 29, 1975. He received the degree of bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto in 1969, a bachelor's degree in theology from University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto in 1974, a licentiate in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1976, and a doctoral degree from the Gregorian in 1979. In 1972, Miller spent a year teaching a political science course to Grade 13 students at St. Joseph's High School in Ottawa's west end. From there he spent eight years at the University of Saint Thomas in Houston, Texas. From 1992 to 1997, Miller served in the Secretariat of State of the Holy See. In 1997, Miller returned to the University of Saint Thomas, where he served as President.


On November 25, 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed him Titular Archbishop of Vertara, in addition to his aforementioned work with the Congregation for Catholic Education. Miller received his episcopal consecration on January 12, 2004 from Zenon Cardinal Grocholewski, with Bishops Joseph Fiorenza and Ronald Peter Fabbro, CSB, serving as co-consecrators.


  • J. Michael Miller has published seven books on topics ranging from the Holy See’s teaching on Catholic schools, to the development of the papacy and the encyclicals of Pope John Paul II. His works include The Shepherd and the Rock: Origins, Development, and Mission of the Papacy (1995) and the Encyclicals of John Paul II (2nd ed., 2001).[1][2][3]

His book The Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools is currently in use in the 45 schools of the Catholic Independent Schools Vancouver Archdiocese.[1]

Service to God

  • Priest for 33+ years
  • Bishop for 5+ years


  • Until his appointment as Coadjutor Archbishop of Vancouver he served as Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education for the Roman Curia.
  • He is among three bishops appointed to a committee of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith preparing for the implementation of Anglican ordinariates in Canada.
  • Archbishop Miller is also vice-president of the Pontifical Work of Priestly Vocations, a member of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses and the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples (2004–2008), and a consultor to the Congregation for Bishops (2004–2007).
  • Currently Grand Prior of the Western Canadian Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre and a member of the Knights of Columbus.[1]
  • Since his arrival in Vancouver, he has implemented the Apostolate of Catholic Education for Teachers, established a First Nations Ministry office, opened an official communications office, and overseen the launch of a new archdiocesan website[1]
  • He has started the first permanent diaconate program in the Archdiocese, and in the fall of 2011 opened an Archdiocesan development office that will oversee Project Advance and develop a comprehensive plan to implement new fundraising activities.[1]


The Archbishop was given the honorary degree, Doctorate of Letters and Laws from the University of Dallas in 2006, where he gave the commencement speech.

External links

  • Catholic-Hierarchy
  • Archdiocese of Vancouver
  • by J. Michael Miller (Google Books)
  • , Sept. 14, 2005, address at the Catholic University of America

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