Fr. Martin was born and raised in Nyakishenyi, Rukungiri district, which is in the western part of Uganda, Africa. His parents were very enthusiastic about living their Catholic faith, and he knew from a young age that he was called to the priesthood.
Fr. Martin studied philosophy at St. Thomas Aquinas National Major Seminary in Katigondo, Masaka, Uganda as well as theology at St. Mary’s National Major Seminary in Ggaba, Uganda. He was ordained a priest on July 28, 1996. Fr. Martin then continued his studies, receiving a Licentiate Degree of Canon Law, Master’s Degree in Religious Studies, and a Doctorate in Canon Law, all from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.
Fr. Martin was inspired by priest-missionaries who served in his home parish in Uganda to be willing to serve as a priest wherever there is pastoral need. It was for this reason that when a need arose to serve in the Peoria Diocese, thousands of miles from his home, that he did not hesitate to answer the call.
We are blessed to have Fr. Martin at St. Patrick Church of Merna, and he inspires all of us with his commitment and joy!