Father Martin serves as Novice Master for our community. In this role he provides special guidance of men who are testing their vocation in preparation for professing monastic vows. Fr. Martin was born in Los Angeles, CA, and grew up in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in East Los Angeles, which was staffed at the time by monks from St. Gregory’s Abbey. At the urging of his pastor, he came to St. Gregory’s to complete his high school education. He continued his education at St. Gregory’s College and entered St. Gregory’s Abbey, making monastic profession of vows on August 15, 1956. He attended St. Benedict’s College in Atchison, KS, completing a bachelor’s degree. He completed his theological studies at St. Gregory’s Abbey and was ordained to the priesthood on May 1, 1962.
Following ordination Fr. Martin served in several pastoral ministries, include in the Benedictine parishes of his native Los Angeles as a chaplain at St. Gregory’s College. He returned to St. Gregory’s from Los Angeles to serve as prior of the monastery in early 1994, and was named Prior Administrator of the community in 1995. He was elected as Abbot on February 5, 1997, and blessed on May 29, 1997, by Archbishop Eusebius Beltran of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. He served as Abbot until January 4, 2006. Many developments took place at St. Gregory’s during his tenure as Abbot, including the addition of bachelor’s degrees, the construction of the Rockwood Center, and the establishment of the College for Working Adults in Tulsa. He resigned as Abbot on January 4, 2006. He then returned to the position of Prior from June 11, 2009 until January 10, 2015. In his spare time, Fr. Martin enjoys reading and watching classic movies. Some of his favorites include “The Mission,” “Zorba the Greek” and documentaries by Ken Burns such as “The Dust Bowl” and “The Roosevelts.”