Martin Tuohy, OFM
1912 – 1982
Fr. Martin Tuohy, OFM, was born June 13, 1912 in Watertown, Mass. He worked his way through Boston College as a chauffeur, and after graduation decided to become a friar. He was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., in 1938, professing temporary vows one year later. Fr. Martin made his solemn profession and his ordination in 1942.
A steady, dependable friar, Fr. Marty had only two assignments — at St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City and St. Anthony Shrine in Boston. While in New York City, he worked with the war relief, cared for the Secular Franciscans, obtained free TV and radio time for the Hour of St. Francis, and secured decent Christian burials for the impoverished.
In Boston, he ministered as a compassionate and caring confessor, and was a much sought-after counselor. Among the friars, Fr. Marty was always cheerful, and brought comfort into the lives of friars and laity alike.
He died on Nov. 8, 1982 at the New England Medical Center in Boston. Fr. Marty was 70 years old, a professed friar for 43 years, and a priest for 40 years.