+Helen Martin Bernard, OFM Cap.
Mid-America friars, parishioners at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Lawrence, KS, and at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Colorado Springs, CO, and countless people who knew him at the Catholic Chapel in the Citadel Mall in Colorado Springs mourn the death of Father Martin Bernard. One week ago today, we brought Father Martin to Denver to prepare for his final trip back to his home in India. He left, accompanied by Father Jude Theddeus Gancis from his home province, on the following day. (See web post below.) Father Jude and several other friars called this morning to inform us of Martin's death. The guardian of Martin's friary reported that Martin was brought back to the friary from ICU at the hospital because he wanted to die in a Capuchin friary. May his soul rest in peace.