Fr. Henry Miller
In 1993 when the 4th Degree Assembly was being formed at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish it was the Pastor Father Thomas Millane, who suggested that it be named in honor of Father Henry Miller.
Father Miller was the Pastor of Saint Odilia’s when Father Tom served there as an associate from 1971 to 1973. The majority of the Sir Knights who formed the Cadre of the new assembly wanted to name it in honor of Father Tom. At that time “Supreme’s” policy dictated that a new assembly could only be named in honor of a deceased person.
Having served with Father Miller, Father Tom knew him to be a holy and inspirational priest and one very much deserving of having an assembly named in his honor.
Father Henry Miller was born in West Allis, Wisconsin on February 23rd, 1915. He attended Saint Frances Seminary in Milwaukee and was ordained May 31st, 1941 at Saint Adelberts Church in Milwaukee by Archbishop Moses E. Kiley. He served as an assistant pastor at three parishes in Wisconsin from 1941 to 1952. Father Miller then came to Arizona as assistant pastor of Saint Agnes in Phoenix. He was later moved to Saint James Parish in Coolidge where he served as Pastor until 1960. Next came Yuma where he was Pastor of Saint Francis until 1971. The next twelve years (from 1971 to 1983) he was Pastor of Saint Odilia Church here in Tucson. In 1983 he became “Pastor Emeritus” of that parish and stayed there until his death on October 11th, 1988.
In January of 1980 Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish was established in Northwest Tucson. As its community continued to grow, two years later they formed the “Roy Champeau” Knights of Columbus Council # 8077. Within ten years the council’s membership had grown to over three hundred Knights. Many of the members by that time also had become 4th Degree Sir Knights. The central location of the Gercke Assembly made it difficult for them to take part in the meetings and activities. For this reason in 1993 the Father Henry Miller Assembly # 2308 was established. Like the council the assembly is made up of active dedicated members. It’s Color Corps and honor guard have won a first place award in California and for three years top honors in Arizona’s Honor Guard Competitions. They have set a new standard for these events. Their efforts have made them very much in demand at Civic and Religious Celebrations throughout the state.