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Rev. Francis Martin
Viewing: August 16, 2017 (Wednesday) from 3:30 to 7:00 St. Pau'ls Catholic Church, Damscus, MD
Service: August 17, 2017 (Thursday) at 10:30 a.m.
Location: St. Paul's Catholic Church, Damascus, MD

Fr. Francis Martin
October 20, 1930 – August 11, 2017

Fr. Francis Martin was a noted Scripture scholar, professor, author, conference speaker, and devoted Catholic priest.  He was Professor Emeritus of New Testament at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.  Father Martin also served as Senior Fellow at the Intercultural Forum for Faith and Culture at the John Paul II Cultural Center (Washington, D.C.) and visiting professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. During his sixty-year priestly and academic career he taught at the Gregorian University in Rome, The Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem, and Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He held the Cardinal Adam Maida Chair in Biblical Studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Fr. Francis also taught at Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio) and the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C.

He was ordained at St. Joseph’s Abbey (Spencer, MA) in 1956, received his Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) from St. Thomas Pontifical University in Rome in 1959 and his Doctorate in Sacred Scripture (S.S.D.) from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in 1978, also in Rome. Fr. Martin was a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. and served St. Paul and St. John Neumann parishes in Montgomery County Maryland.  Additionally Fr. Francis was a member of the Mother of God Community in Gaithersburg, MD., where he served as chaplain.

Fr. Francis founded The Word Proclaimed Institute ( to provide scholarly insight to the Bible for homilists and interested lay people. The Word Proclaimed Institute helps clergy to become more deeply immersed in Scripture as authentically taught by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church so that the Word of God can be preached in the power of the Holy Spirit. In addition to over 60 scholarly articles, Fr. Martin’s publications include The Life Changer, Baptism in the Holy Spirit, The Feminist Question, The Fire in the Cloud, and Sacred Scripture: The Disclosure of the Word, Acts (Ancient Christian Commentary: New Testament), and co-authored The Gospel of John (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture).

He was born in New York City and attended Iona Prep (’48) in New Rochelle, NY and the College of the Holy Cross (‘52) in Worcester, MA.  He is survived by his sister Ann Olson (Peter) and nieces Katrin Olson and Ann Altimare (Pete) along with nephews James McCambridge (Anne), Robert McCambridge (Nancy), Sven Olson (Shennal), Gunnar Olson (Tonya), grand-nieces Elise Ranauro (Mat), Emily Altimare, Charlotte Altimare, Bernadette Bobrowski (Mike), Monica McCambridge, Julia McCambridge, Nandini Olson, and grand-nephews Matt McCambridge (Kristin), Brian Altimare (Amy), Axel, Gavan and Ian Olson, and great grand-nieces Isabella, Lillian, and Audrey Altimare, Emerson, and Harper Ranauro, and Ella McCambridge.

Friends may call at St. Paul's Catholic Church 9240 Damascus Road, Damascus, MD 20872 on Wednesday August 16, 2017 from 3:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. where a Vigil Mass will be held at 7:30 P.M.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday at 10:30 A.M. Interment will be held at All Souls Cemetery, Germantown, MD.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Word Proclaimed Institute ( or P.O. Box 2235 Montgomery Village, MD 20886-2235.

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