Fr. Vincent Martis passes away in a tragic road accident

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Report by Eugene Moodubelle
Bellevision Media Network

02 February 2010: In tragic road accident near Mount Abu in Rajasthan, Fr. Vincent Martis (61), the parish priest of St. Antony’s Parish, Sasthan passed away on Tuesday, 2nd February 2010 at around 12.30 pm.  He was on his way to Rajasthan to meet his sister, Sr. Laura and was travelling along with his another sister, Mrs. Bendicta Tauro  from Mumbai and nephews, Rajesh and Parkas and nieces Priya and Reshma from Belman. The tragedy struck the unsuspecting travellers at the Abu Road at around 12.30 pm. It is believed that heavy fog might have caused the accident. According to a report, Fr. Vincent who was sitting in the front seat succumbed on the spot and other occupants sustained injuries. As soon as Alphonse Alva of Moodubelle, the nephew of Fr. Vincent received the tragic news, he informed the Bishop of Mangalore by 3 pm. Alphonse Alva’s mother, Mrs. Theresa Alva (wife of late Robert Alva) is one of the elder sisters of Fr. Vincent.

According to the latest report, the body of Fr. Vincent and the injured have been shifted to a hospital at Ahmadabad in Gujarat. The body of Fr. Vincent is expected to reach Mumbai airport by morning of Wednesday, 3rd February 2010, and from there will be brought to Mangalore by the same evening.

Fr. Vincent Martis was born on 22nd January 1949 at Belman. He was the last among 7 sons and 3 daughters of late Marcel and Maria Martis.  After completing SSLC, Fr. Vincent joined St. Joseph’s Seminary, Mangalore and was ordained on 25th October 1974.

Soon after ordination, the first assignment of Fr. Vincent was as the assistant parish priest of  Moodubelle.  Later, he was appointed as the parish priest of Nakre where he served for 7 years. Other parishes where Fr. Vincent served include Mukka (7 years), Kirem (7 years), Thrasi (7 years) and finally, since 9 years as the parish priest of Sasthan. While he was the parish priest of Kirem, Fr. Vincent built a new church at Mundkur which was later raised as an independent parish. At Sasthan, Fr. Vincent established an English Medium School and also built a Community Hall.

While one of the sisters of Fr. Vincent has been serving in a religious congregation in Rajasthan, an elder brother of his, Fr. Francis Martis who was a missionary in the Varanasi Diocese had passed away earlier. Fr. Vincent is survived by one brother, Henry Martis who resides at Belman and  three sisters.


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Peter Lobo, Moodubelle Thu, February-4-2010, 8:58
May his soul rest in peace. Our heartfelt condolences to his family members. Peter Lobo fly, Moodubelle
wilson sequeira, pamboor Wed, February-3-2010, 11:25
It is shocking to hear the tragic death of Fr Vincent Martis, May his soul rest in peace
Fr. Edwin D Souza, Kattingere/Toronto, Canada Wed, February-3-2010, 7:11
The sad news about Fr. Vincent came to me just this morning before Mass. It was a shock. I offered my Mass for Fr. Vincent, my cousin. All through the Mass I felt strong presence of Fr. Vencent as he was with me celebrating Mass. We have one more saint in heaven to pray for us. Dear Family members, I am one with you in your grief. May God give all of us the grace to accept his will. Fr. Edwin
Cyril (Benny) Monis, Moddubelle (USA) Wed, February-3-2010, 10:52
It is shocking and sad, words can not explain what Alva family and Martis family lost today. "What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget" May Fr. Vincent s gentle soul rest in perfect peace with the Lord. Cyril (Benny) Monis, USA
Bellevision Qatar, Doha Wed, February-3-2010, 10:51
Shocking to hear untimely and tragic demise of Fr.Vincent Martis. A simple priest, very helpful and above all a wonderful human being. May his soul rest in peace.
Victor, Connie, Carol, Moodubelle / Doha Wed, February-3-2010, 10:48
It’s really shocking to hear the sad demise of Fr. Vincent Martis. We pray Almighty God to Grant his soul everlasting peace. Heartfelt condolences to both Martis family of Belman and Alva family of Moodubelle.
Thomas, Moodubelle/ Dubai Wed, February-3-2010, 10:04
It is shocking to hear the tragic death of Fr Vincent Martis. He was a simple and humble priest.He served in Moodubelle when i was an alter boy. Hearty condolences to his family people and the people of Sastan Parish. May his soul rest in peace.
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