Fr Paul Martin SJ celebrated his 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood July 13 with Mass at the Missionaries of Charity home in Houston, and the Sisters and residents held a celebration for Fr Paul’s anniversary.
A Catholic Standard article said that ‘Fr Paul’ was born in 1960 in Crosby near Liverpool, England. He did a degree in Maths at Liverpool University, then teacher training for a year, followed by a year working at Jospice International—a hospice for the terminally ill.
Fr Paul joined the Jesuit Noviceship in Birmingham on September 7, 1984, and took first vows in September 1986. He studied Philosophy at Heythrop, London from 1986 to 1989.
He came to Guyana in 1989 and spent a year at St Pius X in Georgetown and then a year in the Rupununi and Pakaraimas before going to Brazil for Theology.
He was ordained a deacon at St Ignatius, Lethem on September 26, 1995.
Fr Paul was ordained a priest in St Helens near Liverpool, England on July 13, 1996. After ordination, he joined the Rupununi/Pakaraimas mission and was responsible for the North Pakaraimas from 1996 until 2008.
In 2008, he moved to Karasabai and helped establish the Ursuline convent there. Fr Paul was the Jesuit Regional Superior from 2011 to 2018. In 2018, he spent six months in the UK, then returned to Guyana and was appointed the parish priest for the St Pius X and Holy Spirit parishes.