Alfred Martin, OFM
1896 – 1973
Fr. Alfred Martin, OFM, was born in Dayton, Ky., on Sept. 7, 1896. He entered the Province’s novitiate July 28, 1914, and professed temporary vows July 28, 1915. Fr. Alfred made his profession of solemn vows Aug. 15, 1918, and was ordained a priest June 29, 1921.
His first assignment was to St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., where he taught from 1921 to 1924. During the next six years, Fr. Alfred taught in the philosophy clericates of St. Stephen’s in Croghan, N.Y., and St. Anthony’s in Butler, N.J.
From 1930 to 1935, he studied psychology at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and then became a highly respected confessor and counselor at St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City, from 1935 to 1944.
Fr. Alfred served for five years in Florida where he became pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Pensacola. In 1949, he returned to St. Francis of Assisi to continue his ministry of counseling and writing. Fr. Alfred wrote over 200 articles for Friar magazine, and many became pamphlets.
He died in Vero Beach, Fla., on July 14, 1973. Fr. Alfred was 76 years old, a professed friar for almost 58 years and a priest for 52 years.