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Rev Fr Martin Marty
Birth: Jan. 12, 1834
Schwyz, Switzerland
Death: Sep. 19, 1896
Saint Cloud
Stearns County
Minnesota, USA

First Abbot of Saint Meinrad Abbey.

Bishop Martin Marty, O.S.B. (Schwyz, Switzerland January 12, 1834 - Saint Cloud, Minnesota September 19, 1896) was a Benedictine priest from Switzerland and missionary in America. He was the first Abbot of St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana, the first Vicar Apostolic of Dakota Territory, and the Second Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Cloud. His zeal for the Indian Missions earned him the title, "The Apostle of the Sioux."

James Joseph Alois Marty was born in the Canton Schwyz Switzerland in 1834, the son of a shoemaker and church sexton. Before the age of two, his mouth and face were both severely burned when he attempted to drink from a bottle of acid in his father's shop. The acid caused swelling that nearly suffocated him and would leave his face permanently disfigured where he had spat it out.

After graduating from the Jesuit-run gymnasium in his hometown, he was granted a musical scholarship to the Jesuit college at Fribourg. However, after the Sonderbund War of 1847, the Jesuit Order was expelled by Switzerland's Anti-Catholic government and the Benedictine Order was forced to fill the ensuing educational vacuum. On December 21, 1847, young Marty was enrolled at the Benedictine school attached to Einsiedeln Abbey.

After graduation, he entered the novitiate at the age of 20 and took his final vows on May 29, 1855, taking the name Brother Martin Marty. He was ordained to the priesthood just over a year later. In 1859, he was assigned a professorship of moral theology.

In 1860, Abbot Heinrich Schmid von Baar ordered the 26 year old priest to take over responsibility for the Abbey's disobedient and debt ridden daughter house at St. Meinrad, Indiana. Although the assignment was intended to last only one year, Father Marty proved so adept at building up the formerly failing monastery that Abbot Schmid von Baar decided that it was God's will for his young protege to remain in America. On September 30, 1870, Saint Meinrad was upgraded to an independent Abbey by decree of Pope Pius IX. In January of the following year, Father Martin Marty was elected as its first Abbot. The investiture ceremony the following May was conducted by Bishop de Saint Palais of Vincennes, Indiana and Abbot Boniface Wimmer of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Saint Meinrad Archabbey Cemetery
Spencer County
Indiana, USA
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It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Bishop Marty, A Successor Of The Apostles By Raising Him To The Episcopal Order. May He Also Be Associated With Them Forever. We Ask This Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.
- Eman Bonnici
 Added: Jul. 22, 2012

- JoAnn Stephens Graham
 Added: Nov. 19, 2010
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