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Reverend Jerome Martinez y Alire Named Monsignor

ALBUQUERQUE- Monday, November 22, 2004 - IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan Announces
Pope John Paul II's Naming
Reverend Jerome Martinez y Alire, Monsignor

Today Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan announced that Pope John Paul II had named local priest, Reverend Jerome Martinez y Alire, Rector of St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Santa Fe, a Monsignor. This is a papal honor given to priests for outstanding service and/or the position of importance they hold. The Investiture will be held at the Cathedral Church of St. Francis of Assisi. The date is yet to be determined. All clergy, family, friends and parishioners will be welcomed.

In making the announcement, Archbishop Sheehan said, "It is appropriate that the Rector of my cathedral be recognized, especially given the fine work Father Jerome has done."

Reverend Martinez is the second priest of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe to be given this honor in the last 40 years. Reverend Martinez said,

I am surprised and humbled by this honor and I wish to profoundly thank Archbishop Sheehan, a man for whom I have great esteem, for having recommended me. I accept this honor on behalf of all the hard-working, dedicated priests of this Archdiocese who have helped get us through the difficult times of the recent past.

Reverend Martinez was born on October 26, 1950 in Santa Fe, NM. A tenth generation New Mexican, his parents are Gregorio Martinez Jr. and Nelda Alire Martinez (deceased). He is the oldest of five children. Reverend Martinez attended St. Anne’s Catholic School in Santa Fe and graduated from St. Michael’s High School in 1968. He graduated Summa cum Laude in 1972 from the College of Santa Fe and completed his priestly formation during a four-year period of study at St. Menrad School of Theology in Indiana, from which he received a Master’s Degree in Divinity. He was ordained priest on March 19, 1976 at the Cathedral Church of St. Francis of Assisi by the Archbishop Robert F. Sanchez. Graduating with honors from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in May 1986, he received his Pontifical License Canon Law. Upon his return to Albuquerque, NM he was named the Archbishop’s Moderator of the Curia and Chancellor. While there, he directed the complete reorganization of the administrative structure of the chancery and began the Archbishop’s Commission for the Preservation of Historic New Mexico Churches. Past clerical assignments include: Dean of Students for the Immaculate Heart of Mary College Formation program in Santa Fe; Pastor of San Juan Nepomuceno in El Rito, NM; Judicial Vicar for the Provincial Court of Appeals for the Marriage Tribunal; the founding of Santa Maria de La Paz Catholic Community which grew during his ten-year tenure from 200 to 2400 households and was recognized nationally for excellence in liturgical design and overall architectural beauty; and 1st diocesan priest to serve as Rector of the Cathedral Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe. Rev. Martinez serves or has served on the Archdiocesan Sesquicentennial Commissission, the Cuartocentennial Commission, the Presbyteral Council, College of Consultors, Archdiocesan Finance Council, Cofradia de La Conquistadora, Caballeros de Vargas, Santa Fe Fiesta Council, National Trust for Historic Preservation and spiritual director for the Fraternidad Piadosa de Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno (aka Penitentes). He is also the present Dean of Santa Fe Deanery.


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