Martin Lyons, OFM
1897 – 1976
Br. Martin Lyons, OFM, was born on April 5, 1897 in Holyoke, Mass. At age 38, he was received as a tertiary brother at St. Francis Friary in New York City. He entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., in 1936 and professed temporary vows one year later. Br. Martin made his solemn profession in 1940 at Holy Name College, Washington.
During his 39 years as a friar, Br. Marty served in the maintenance department at Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., and at ministries in Croghan, N.Y., Asheville, N.C., and Clason Point, N.Y. Known as “The Chief” among his fellow friars, Br. Marty fulfilled his responsibilities with diligence and fidelity.
He was a man of simple but profound faith, who took his responsibilities as a friar very seriously. A homespun philosopher, keen observer of the drama of everyday life, and a good judge of people, Br. Marty enriched every friar community in which he served with his prayerful and joyful presence.
He died on Sept. 22, 1976 at St. Anthony’s Friary, St. Petersburg, Fla. He was 79 years old, a professed friar for 39 years.