Fr. Brian J. Miller, T.O.R., 91, of the Third Order Regular
Franciscans of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, died November 6,
2016 at St. Francis Friary – Mt. Assisi, Loretto, Pennsylvania after an
illness. He was born March 4, 1925 in
Braddock, PA and given the name John Wilfred.
He was the son of the late James and Margaret Clougherty. He was a graduate of St. Thomas High School,
After graduation, he
entered the T.O.R. community on September 6, 1944 at Mt. Assisi Friary. He made his novitiate at Sacred Heart Friary,
Loretto, PA and professed his first vows on September 20, 1945. Father Brian professed his solemn vows on
September 20, 1948 at Mt. Assisi Friary, Loretto, PA. Fr. Brian was ordained to the priesthood by
the late Bishop Richard T. Guilfoyle of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, at
the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona, PA on May 16, 1953.
Fr. Brian received his Bachelor of Arts degree
in Philosophy from St. Francis College, Loretto, PA in 1949. He completed Theological studies at St.
Francis Seminary, Loretto, PA in 1953.
Fr. Brian received his Master of Arts in Mathematics from Villanova
University, PA in 1959. During his long
and very fruitful Franciscan life, Fr. Brian ministered in education and
administration. He served on the faculty
of St. Thomas More High School, Philadelphia, PA and on the founding faculty of
Bishop Egan High School, Levittown, PA.
He taught mathematics at St. Francis College, Loretto, PA where he also
served as the Registrar; and at St. Francis Preparatory School, Spring Grove,
PA. He served as Executive Vice
President of St. Francis College, Loretto, PA, and as Assistant Headmaster at
St. Francis Preparatory School. He
served on the Boards of Trustees of Franciscan University of Steubenville,
Ohio, St. Francis College and St. Francis Preparatory School. In 1992, Fr. Brian transitioned into pastoral
ministry at St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Church, St. Petersburg, Florida. He served
there until 2011 as parochial vicar. As
his health declined, Fr. Brian returned to St. Francis Friary – Mt. Assisi,
Loretto where he served in the ministry of prayer. Using his mathematical skills and financial
expertise, Fr. Brian served the T.O.R. Province as Provincial Treasurer for
more than 20 years.
Through his keen
insight and financial wisdom he left the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of
Jesus on solid ground both literally and figuratively. Fr. Brian was preceded in death by his
brothers: Joseph, Edward, Fr. James; and
his sisters Marita Doyle, Peggy Delaney, and Patricia Groark. He is survived by many nieces and nephews and
grand- nieces and grand-nephews and his Franciscan brothers.
Friends will be received at the Chapel of St.
Francis Friary-Mt. Assisi, Loretto, PA at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8,
2016. Vigil service will be celebrated
at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial
will be concelebrated on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at St.
Francis Friary – Mt. Assisi, Loretto, PA with Very Reverend Richard L. Davis,
T.O.R., Minister Provincial, as principal celebrant. Following the Mass, interment will take place
at the Franciscan Friars’ Cemetery, on the campus of St. Francis University,
Loretto, PA. Memorial contributions may
be made to support retired T.O.R. Friars, c/o St. Francis Friary, P.O. Box 137,
Loretto, PA 15940.