Brother Matthias Martinez, O.S.B., a monk at Saint Vincent Archabbey, was ordained a priest on January 19, 2008 by Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt of the Diocese of Greensburg.
Brother Matthias, formerly of Bernardston, is the son of Lynda C. Martinez of Latrobe, Pa., and the late Edelmiro Martinez, Jr. He is a 1993 graduate of Northfield Mt. Hermon High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1999 from Saint John Seminary College, and a master of divinity degree with highest honors from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2007. He also studied at Babson College and Saint John Seminary. He has one sister, Janalyn Pentlow, of Douglaston, New York.
In 2004, he was named assistant archivist and assistant master of ceremonies/sacristan at Saint Vincent Archabbey. In 2007, he was named assistant to the rector of Saint Vincent Seminary, the coordinator of the Pastoral Stewardship Program, and to the staff of the Formation Program. He also served as the assistant curator of the archabbey music collection (2005-2006), Benedictine Resident of Wimmer Hall at Saint Vincent College (2006-2007) and as a Campus Ministry Assistant (2006-2007).
Brother Matthias made simple profession of monastic vows on July 9, 2004 and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 2007. He was ordained to the diaconate on July 14, 2007, and served his deacon internship at St. Mary Parish, St. Marys, Pa.