In memoriam: Father P. Martin "Marty" Donnelly


Father P. Martin "Marty" Donnelly, a “founding father” of the Association of US Catholic Priests, passed away January 27, 2019, surrounded by family and friends. 

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 He was born August 16, 1838. After studies at Saint Meinrad Seminary College and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, he was ordained in 1964 for the Diocese of Toledo. He earned his Master’s in Education at the University of Notre Dame in 1973.

 He ministered in parishes and schools, and according to the writer of his obituary in the Toledo Blade, he “mentored and supported youth from his schools, parishes and neighborhoods, helping them to weave the fabric of their communities. He will always be remembered for his dedication to the poor and furthering social justice causes in the community.”

 A Saint Meinrad classmate and roommate, Gayle Uebelhor of Evansville, Ind., described him as “a gentle soul and a man in whom there was no guile.”

 Uebelhor and Donnelly were among the men who met at Mundelein in 2011 to establish the Association of US Catholic Priests.

The funeral Mass was scheduled Friday, February 1.

 See the complete obituary from the Toledo Blade.