J. Michael Miller

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 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.

John Michael Miller,

Archbishop of Vancouver
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InstalledJanuary 2, 2009
PredecessorRaymond Roussin
OrdinationJune 29, 1975
by Pope Paul VI
ConsecrationJanuary 12, 2004
by Zenon Grocholewski
Personal details
Birth nameJohn Michael Miller
Born (1946-07-09) July 9, 1946 (age 74)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
NationalityAmerican, Canadian
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post
  • Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education (2003–2007)
  • Titular Archbishop of Vertara (2003–2007)
  • Coadjutor Archbishop of Vancouver (2007–2009)
Alma mater
  • Veritati Servire
  • (To Serve the Truth)
Coat of armsJohn Michael Miller,'s coat of arms
Ordination history of
J. Michael Miller
Priestly ordination
Ordained byPope Paul VI
DateJune 29, 1975
PlaceSt. Peter's Square, Vatican City
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorZenon Grocholewski (Pref. Cong. de Inst. Cath.)
Co-consecratorsJoseph Fiorenza (Galveston–Houston)
Ronald Peter Fabbro (London)
DateJanuary 12, 2004
PlaceSt. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by J. Michael Miller as principal consecrator
Stephen JensenApril 2, 2013[1]
Joseph Phuong NguyenAugust 25, 2016[2]
Styles of
J. Michael Miller
Coat of arms of John Michael Miller.svg
Reference styleHis Grace[6]
The Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Grace
Your Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop

Early lifeEdit

Miller was born on July 9, 1946, in Ottawa, Ontario, the capital city of Canada. He studied at St. Joseph’s High School in his hometown, where he was classmates with Mary Lou Finlay. Since childhood, he has had polio, which affects him to this day.[4] He became a naturalized American citizen on March 28, 2003.

Presbyteral ministryEdit

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 until November 25, 2003 when he was appointed by the Pope to preside as Secretary of the Congregation of Catholic Education.

Episcopal ministryEdit

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 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).[7][8][9]

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.[7]


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.


  1. ^ Burns, Alistair (May 2013). "Bishop to build 'northern gateway' to God's kingdom" (PDF). Northern Catholic News. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 11, 2019. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "Ordination of new Bishop of Kamloops". Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. August 15, 2016. Archived from the original on October 11, 2019. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "The Archbishop". RCAV.org. Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver. Archived from the original on October 11, 2019. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Sylvester, Cam (May 1, 2010). "Grace Under Pressure". Vancouver Magazine. Archived from the original on October 11, 2019. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  5. ^ Todd, Douglas (April 20, 2014). "Vancouver archbishop on love, ethnicity, justice and his favorite food". Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on October 11, 2019. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  6. ^ "Antique painting of O.L. of Guadalupe has come to the Cathedral". Holy Rosary Cathedral. Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver. February 21, 2020. Archived from the original on February 23, 2020. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e Archdiocese of Vancouver - background Archived 2011-08-28 at the Wayback Machine - Updated November 2011
  8. ^ Best Book Buys - J. Michael Miller
  9. ^ Booktopia - J. Michael Miller

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Giuseppe Pittau
Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education
Succeeded by
Jean-Louis Bruguès
Title last held by
Martin Michael Johnson
Coadjutor Archbishop of Vancouver
Preceded by
Raymond Roussin
Archbishop of Vancouver
Preceded by
Julián Herranz Casado
Archbishop of Vertara
Succeeded by
Cástor Oswaldo Azuaje Pérez