A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, and a Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, at Graymoor’s St. Pius X Building, Third Floor, for Rev. Malcolm Martin, Franciscan friar of the Atonement, who died on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. He was 88 years old.
Father Martin was born in May 1926 in Presque Isle, Maine. He received the habit of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in July 1955. He took his final vows in September 1959, and was ordained by Cardinal Spellman at Graymoor on June 7, 1962.
After his ordination, Father Martin served in the Atonement Friars’ Brazilian ministries from 1963 to 1971 as pastor and regional superior in Goias. He undertook graduate work at St. Paul University in Ottawa earning his master’s in missionary studies. Following his studies, he was assigned to Graymoor as the mission coordinator, then as guardian. He returned to Brazil, living in Sao Paulo from 1977 to 1995, where he served as guardian of the friary and as ecumenical officer for the Archdiocese of Sao Paulo with great distinction. He taught in the seminary there, where he wrote a textbook on ecumenism in Portuguese.
In April of 1996, Fr. Martin was assigned as temporary administrator at the Church of Our Lady of the Atonement in Windsor, Ontario. Later in 1996, he joined the staff at the Chapel of Our Savior, Brockton, Massachusetts, serving there until his retirement at St. Mary Home in New Hartford, Connecticut.
Father Martin is one of six children of the late Levi Martin of New Brunswick, Canada, and the late Clara Sirois. He is survived by his brother Gil Martin and his sister, Lorraine Seiser, and many nephews and nieces. He will be interred in the Friars’ Cemetery at Graymoor in Garrison immediately following the funeral Mass.
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