With gratitude to God the giver of life, We announce with a heavy heart the glorious exit of Msgr Pedro Ayodele Martins who died early this morning at the age of 103 years. He was a priest for 70 years.
The young Martins was ordained a priest by Bishop Patrick J Kelly SMA of Benin City on 8 August 1943. After Ordination, the then Fr Martins studied at the University College, Cork, Ireland.
During his life-time he filled many positions of responsibility, teaching at St Gregory's College in Lagos as well as ministering in several parishes throughout the Archdiocese. He also served as Vicar General to the then Archbishop, now Anthony Cardinal, Okogie. In 1970 he was made Monsignor. During his military career he served with the Nigerian Armed Forces rising to the position of Head Chaplain to the Armed Forces. He served in the Congo and with many Army Formations in Nigeria.
May he rest in peace.
We have lost a great Nigerian and a wonderful priest.
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