Terence William Miller

COUNTRY: Chile and United States
FOCUS: Civil and Human Rights, Justice and Peace

Terry grew up across the Hudson in Pearl River, NY, one of six children in an active Catholic family. Trips to visit Maryknoll were frequent during his growing up years. Terry graduated from Manhattan College Cum Laude with a degree in Peace Studies and Government and then went on to study law at St. John’s University in Queens where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1982. From there he worked as a criminal defense attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Brooklyn.

In 1987 he joined Maryknoll Lay Missioners and was assigned to the Chile Region. Terry and his future wife, Joan Kelly were welcomed by the Ecclesial Maryknoll team in the rural diocese of Linares, Chile. For the next three years he worked with the families of the detained, disappeared and tortured through our diocesan office of the Vicariate of Solidarity during the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Over the three years Terry worked in Linares he gained the respect of the bishop, Monsignor Carlos Camus Larenas, the lawyers and others he worked with on the diocesan team and the love of the base Christian community where he and Joan participated and where he was affectionately known as Guillermo.

In that three year period Terry participated in the investigation and excavation of a mass grave in Constitución, Chile, where 17 victims of the repression had been secretly buried. He helped prepare our diocesan input that composed part of The National Commission for Truth and Reconciliation Report better known as the “Retigg Report” encompassing human rights abuses resulting in death or disappearance that occurred in Chile during the years of the dictatorship. The report was published in 1991.

In 1991 Terry and Joan returned to the states at the request of Maryknoll where he joined the staff of the then Maryknoll Society Justice and Peace Office, the precursor to the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. He first worked as a Policy Analyst on issues related to Africa and the Middle East and 1993 was asked to become director of the office. During his tenure he helped lay the ground work for the formation of the collaborative Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

In 1994 Terry offered valuable accompaniment, especially on legal issues in the process of Maryknoll Lay Missioners transitioning from a lay mission program of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers to an independent organization within the Maryknoll Movement. In 1997 he left his position at Maryknoll and began a career in the field of international studies and education.

Since 2007 he has served as Director of the Office of International Education and Senior International Officer for Marquette University located in Milwaukee, WI. He is also a member of the American Jesuit Colleges and Universities International Committee, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Institute of Wisconsin and Association of International Education Administrators. His passion and expertise continues being Human Rights, Peace and Social Justice, Cross-culture and International education. Terry and his wife Joan Kelly are the parents of five children.