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Rev. Joseph I. Martin
  • Society of St. James the Apostle
    24 Clark St.
    Boston, MA 02109
  • Regina Cleri
    60 William Cardinal O'Connell Way
    Boston, MA 02114

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Uncle Joe May 2016 at the 99restaurant with Johnny
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Uncle Joe and Johnny with photo of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
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Uncle Joe with nephew Johnny and wife Paula on his 80th birthday
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Uncle Joe and Louise Martin his loving sister-in-law
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Uncle Joe and Johnny his nephew 2015
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“Querido Padre José,eres y serás siempre la persona que nos guió desde nuestro nacimiento, comunión, matrimonio y bautizo de...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: francisco Miranda murguia - Lima

8 of 25 | Posted by: MAFALDA MAYURIC - LIMA

“I have been blessed to have known Padre Jose my whole life. He has touched our lives at San Ricardo in La Victoria, Peru in so many ways. My brother,...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Maria Parker - Pompton Plains, NJ

graduacion de primaria Padre JOSE entragandole a mi hermana Milagros , lima Peru “un ejemplo de vida lo vamos a extraniar mucho ”
10 of 25 | Posted by: Raul JUGO - PASSAIC, NJ - Friend

“Father Joseph was an inspiration; he helped my entire family to believe in God and building our faith. He is in God's glory. My sincere condolences...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“Fr. Joe was such san influence on our family helping with two of our grand daughters adoption in Peru. Just beautiful young women!! ”
12 of 25 | Posted by: Jordan & Phyllid Prouty - NH

“I was saddened to hear of Joe's passing. He will be missed by all who knew him and in particular, the people he served in Peru. I was presented at...Read More »
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“Dear John, So sorry to hear of the passing of your uncle, Father Joe. You spoke of him often it felt like we knew him. He was a very special person...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Frank & Ann Ferrara - Winthrop, MA

Father Joe Martin at one of his final masses in Peru 2009
17 of 25 | Posted by: John Martin

“One of the best trips in my life was our visit to Lima in 2001. Having the honor of attending Sunday Mass celebrated by this special person for his...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Karen Hoffman Moran - Maitland, FL

“So many happy memories..a lifetime of cherished moments..I was blessed to serve as my Uncle Joe's altar boy many times..then when I got married, I...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: Johnny Martin - Revere, MA

“I remember how excited I'd get in anticipation ofmy Uncle Joe's summer visit to stay with us. It was like Christmas in July or August! Counting the...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Johnny Martin - Revere, MA

“Peggy -- I am sorry to hear about Joe. I remember meeting him in Peru in 1986. He was like Jesus -- as he walked down the street, people reached...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Eileen Maguire - Malden, MA

“Fr. Joe Martin was a wonderful example of what a priest should be. I knew him in the Seminary and after he was ordained a few years, before he...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Rev. John W. McElroy - Palm Coast, FL

“To those who didn't know Padre José (Joe Martin or Big Joe), he spent 50 years of his priesthood in Peru and was a member of the founding group...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Joe McCarthy - Lima, Peru

“My childhood memories of Father Joe were ones of sheer magic ~ Father Joe was with us at every pivotal point in our lives ~ From weddings to baptisms...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Patricia Pike-Long - VT

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague

Reverend Joseph I. Martin, of Boston, died peacefully on October 16th, 2016 at the age of 85. Fr. Martin was born on July 24, 1931 to Michael & Mary (Cummins) Martin. He was raised in Somerville and graduated from BC High. Fr. Martin was ordained a priest on December 16, 1956. He had attended the North American College in Rome. He became an Archdiocesan Priest and was stationed briefly at St. Mary's in Chelmsford and then in Roxbury at St. Joseph's. In 1959 Cardinal Cushing formed the missionary group, the Society of St. James the Apostle, to answer the need for priests in Latin America. Cardinal Cushing believed that "we are all missionaries'" and that diocesan priests could play a role in bringing the Gospel to the people of Latin America. Fr. Martin was one of the original priests to volunteer and left Boston in March 1959. After attending language school in Bolivia he was stationed in Andahuayles in the Andes Mountains. He dedicated his entire priesthood to the missions. Fr. Martin worked for many years in Miraflores-Lima at the parish of San Ricardo. He was also stationed in Carabayllo in the parish of Cristo Lug del Mundo. Fr. Martin was always grateful for the love the Peruvian people shared with him. He was happiest when at work in Peru. His patience, generosity, integrity and great sense of humor brought joy to all. His time in Peru gave him the gift of many beautiful and lifelong friendships. His warm and loving ways will never be forgotten. In April 2009, Fr. Martin celebrated his final Mass in Peru and returned to Boston after 50 years in Peru. To the people of Peru he was known as "Padre Jose", but a long time ago his 3 year old great niece, Meredith, gave him the name "Peru Joe". Even she could see that we shared our love of him with the people of Peru. This name stayed with him through the years. Fr. Martin loved his family and was always grateful of their love and support. His family treasured every moment with him. His retirement gave them an opportunity to share holidays, spend time and enjoy family celebrations with him. They rejoice in having been part of his life. Fr. Martin was the brother of the late Mary Landerfin & her husband Daniel, and the late John P. Martin & his wife Louise. Uncle of Peggy M. Trainor of Melrose, Joseph I. Martin II of Beverly, John P. Martin Jr. of Revere, Kathleen L. Vilas of Ohio, Mary E. Zahner of CT, Daniel M. Landerfin of FL, Patricia A. Pike of VT, Rita M. Landerfin of CT, Eileen M. Kirk of AL, and Joseph P. Landerfin of CT. Also survived by many loving great nieces & nephews. Visiting Hours will be held at the Regina Cleri Residence, 60 William Cardinal O'Connell Way, Boston, MA 02114 on Thurs. Oct. 20, 2016 from 2-4 PM. Visiting Hours will be held again on Fri., Oct. 21, 2016 from 9-10:30 AM at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose, MA., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield, at 11:00 AM. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Society of St. James The Apostle, 24 Clark St., Boston, MA 02109 or to the Regina Cleri Residence, 60 William Cardinal O'Connell Way, Boston, MA 02114.