Welcome to the web home of Saint Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church of Ashland, Pennsylvania. We are a parish of the Catholic Diocese of Allentown. Our parish serves the residents of Ashland, Girardville, and the surrounding communities as well as friends, visiting relatives, guests and travelers. Our parishioners strive to maintain the strong Catholic identity and cultural traditions established in our churches, while continuing to build a vibrant and spiritual community for the 21st century and beyond.
Visitors to our churches, Catholics from other parishes or those of other religions, are welcome to attend Holy Mass at any of our churches (we ask that only Catholics who are prepared to do so, receive Holy Communion). Anyone interested in joining our parish is welcome to contact the parish office for more information.
Rev. Brian M. Miller, M.Div., M.A.
Born and raised in Reading, PA, Fr. Miller is the oldest of four children. He was a member of Holy Rosary Parish in Reading and attended Cabrini Academy from Kindergarten to 8th grade. He completed his education at Reading Central Catholic High School in 1999. He then went on to West Chester University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 2004. In the fall of 2004, Fr. Miller entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary for the Diocese of Allentown. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 5th, 2010 at the Cathedral Church of St. Catharine of Siena in Allentown by Bishop John Barres.
Father’s first assignment was Parochial Vicar at the Cathedral Church of St. Catharine of Siena. In 2013, Father was transferred to St. Patrick’s Church in Pottsville where he served as Parochial Vicar for two years. This is followed by another two years serving as Parochial Vicar at St. Catharine of Siena in Reading. In June of 2017, Father received his first assignment as Parish Administrator for the parishes of St. Joseph in Sheppton and St. Mary’s in Ringtown, as well as Chaplain for Marian High School in Hometown. The following year, Fr. Miller was made Pastor for St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Frackville and remained as Chaplain for Marian High School. Along with the Pastor and Chaplain duties, Fr. Miller serves on the Council of Priests, Subcommittee for Priestly Life and Spirituality, and the Committee for Orders and Commission.
Father Miller enjoys spending his time on Sunday evenings with his large family which includes his parents Steve and Cindy; his brother Daryl, sister-in-law Erin, and their kids (nieces) Hannah, Sara, and (nephew) Sam; his sister Angela and brother-in-law Pete with their son (nephew) Danny; and his other sister Tina and brother-in-law Brian with their two boys (nephews) Aiden and Calvin. He also enjoys playing rounds of golf with his family and friends and is avid Philadelphia sports fan.
Rev. Francis Iroot, A.J.
Rev. Francis Iroot AJ, is a member of the Religious Missionary Institute of the Apostles of Jesus. Born in Uganda and attended his priestly formation in Uganda and Kenya, respectively, in Africa. Ordained to priesthood on August 4, 2001 at his home parish of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church - Soroti Diocese.
He first worked in Africa before he was sent to the USA in 2011 as a religious missionary - worked in the Archdiocese of New York and Harrisburg Diocese, respectively, in the Hospital Ministry (Chaplaincy).
By June 18, 2018, he came to work at the St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Orefield, PA as a parochial vicar before his recent transfer to St. Joseph the Worker - Frackville.
Business Manager / Secretary
Shannon has been with St. Charles since March 2017. She attended McCann School of Business and obtained an Associates Degreee in Paralegal. She then went on to Alvernia University where she obtained her Bachelor's in Business Administration. Shannon is married and has 5 children that keep her very busy.