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Served as Military Chaplain for Two Decades

CHICAGO (November 7, 2012) – Rev. Richard J. Martin, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago for 49 years, died Monday, November 5. He was 75 years old and was most recently a resident of Holy Family Villa in Palos Park.  He had been retired from active ministry since 2007.

Fr. Martin was born in Chicago and was a graduate of Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary.

From 1963 to 1967, he served as the assistant pastor at St. Maurice Parish in Chicago.  That parish was later combined with two others to form the new Blessed Sacrament Parish. For seven months in 1967, Fr. Martin was assistant pastor at Santa Maria del Popolo Parish in Mundelein before being named assistant pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Homewood, where he served for six years from 1967 to 1973.

For the next 20 years, Fr. Martin served as a U.S. Army chaplain. He served two tours of duty in Germany and was also stationed in Japan and in the U.S.  When he retired from military service in 1993, he was named associate pastor of Incarnation Parish in Palos Heights.  In 1998, he became associate pastor of Most Holy Redeemer Parish in Evergreen Park, serving there until 2002.

From July 2002 until his retirement from active ministry in March 2007, Fr. Martin served as a temporary administrator at St. Pius X Parish in Stickney, St. Maurice (now Blessed Sacrament) and St. John Fisher Parish on Chicago’s southwest side.

In retirement, Fr. Martin lived in his family home in St. Christina Parish, where he grew up.  Fr. Larry Sullivan, pastor of St. Christina, said that Fr. Martin was a kindly man who genuinely wanted to be of service and was willing to do whatever was asked of him, especially during the time he was a frequently asked to be a temporary administrator at a parish. Fr. Sullivan added that Fr. Martin enjoyed the excitement that military service sometimes brought and that he loved technology and held a small plane pilot’s license.
Visitation for Fr. Martin will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, at St. Christina Church, 11005 South Homan Avenue in Chicago.

Retired Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Goedert will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Martin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 9, at St. Christina Church.

Interment will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Evergreen Park.

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