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."
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.