Very Reverend Martin (Thomas D. Boler Jr.) Boler

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BOLER, Very Reverend Martin Boler

(nee Thomas D. Boler Jr.)

Age 88, of Mount Saviour Monastery, formerly of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away peacefully, on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at St. Joseph's Hospital. He is survived by the community members of Mount Saviour. He attended Creighton Preparatory High School and Creighton University and graduated from Creighton University Medical School in 1947 and interned at St. John's Hospital in St. Louis Missouri. He had one year as a resident in Pathology and three years in Urology at the St. Louis City Hospital. He was in the Navy V-5 program during WWII and served in the Korea, Japan and Okinawa during the Korean conflict. After a brief time as a Urologist with his father in Omaha, he entered Mount Saviour Monastery near Elmira, NY in 1955. After novitiate he began studies for the priesthood at Catholic University of America. He made life commitment as a Benedictine monk of Mount Saviour in 1959; was ordained priest in 1960 and received a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Catholic University in 1961. Among other Duties, he taught Moral Theology at Mount Saviour from 1961 to 1964 when he became Guest Master. He was appointed Sub Prior in 1967 and Prior in October of 1969. He served on committees for the International Congress of Abbots and Priors during the early 1970's and gave numerous retreats during those years. Responsibilities as Prior caused him to radically curtail those activities. Fr. Martin remained Prior until he retired in 2008. In September 2011 he entered the Skilled Nursing Facility at the St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira until last month when he was able to return to the monastery for two stays until his final hospitalization on November 3. Fr. Martin's body will be received at Mount Saviour before the office of None on Friday, November 9, 2012. Visiting hours will be from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. until the office of Compline. His funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 10, 2012. Burial will follow in Mount Saviour Cemetery. A very special thank you is extended to the staff at St. Joseph's Hospital for Fr. Martin's support and Care. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.

Published in Star-Gazette on Nov. 9, 2012
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