Two Beloved Jesuits of The Maryland Province Pass to Eternal Life on the Same Day

Rev. Thomas P. Martin, S.J., died April 14, 2016, having lived at Manresa Hall at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia since 2011. He was 81. Born in Scranton, PA on September 22, 1934, Fr. Martin graduated from Scranton Prep and entered the Society of Jesus at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, PA in September of 1952. He studied physics at St. Andrew on the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, NY, and received his BA from Fordham University. He also received a Master’s in Teaching from Fordham and a degree in Sacred Theology from Woodstock College. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1966.

As a Jesuit scholastic, Fr. Martin taught math at Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C. and Loyola High School in Baltimore, MD. After being ordained, he became Parochial Vicar at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, PA, serving for nearly 15 years. He then began what would become his longest assignment, Assistant Province Treasurer for the Maryland Province Jesuits from 1983 to 2008. The last six of these years, he also served as Manager of Investment Reporting.

In 2008, Fr. Martin moved to the Colombiere Jesuit Community in Baltimore where he worked as the Community Treasurer until his final assignment, praying for the Church and the Society of Jesus at Manresa Hall.

Rev. Raymond T. Gawronski, S.J. died April 14, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 65.  Born in Brooklyn, New York on September 9, 1950, Fr. Gawronski entered the Society of Jesus at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, PA in August of 1977. He received degrees in Philosophy and Asian Studies from the College of the Holy Cross and Gonzaga University respectively, his Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome and his Doctorate of Sacred Theology from Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1986.

After serving St. Aloysius Church in Washington, D.C. as Parochial Vicar, Fr. Gawronski went on to teach theology at Marquette University in Milwaukee, St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, and St. Patrick’s University and Seminary in Menlo Park, CA. Fr. Gawronski was also a regular on the Catholic Television Network, EWTN and the author of several books. His 1995 book, Word and Silence, on the Swiss Jesuit, Hans von Balthasar, is now in its third edition.

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