Messages for Father Martinez

Fr. TJ Martinez, SJIn following doctors orders, Father Martinez is not taking visitors while he works to regain his strength.  He would love to hear from his friends and you may send a public message below, or send a personal note to:

Father TJ Martinez, SJ
Founding President
Cristo Rey Jesuit
6700 Mount Carmel St.
Houston, TX  77087

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483 Responses to Messages for Father Martinez

  1. Jacqueline Lerma November 28, 2014 at 9:14 am #

    Dear Fr. TJ Martinez: Stay strong. God is in control. Everything will be ok. Praying for you and your love ones. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Mary Ellen LeBlanc November 28, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    All the blessings of this Season to you with MUCH LOVE,the LeBlanc’s

  3. Linda Kueter November 26, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    Happy Thanksgiving, TJ! Thinking of you and continuing to keep you in our prayers.

  4. Escobar Family November 25, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    Father TJ, we continue to be by your side in this obstacle that God has put in front of you. We continue to pray for a miracle upon you. We continue to believe that what God wills is what you desire. We continue to keep your name in our thoughts as you continue your fight. “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40) We pray to see you walk with us once more, we pray to hear your cheerful voice once more, we pray to see your smile brighten our day. Together we pray by your side, forever and ever.

  5. Bob Eury November 25, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    Just wanted you to know that I am praying for you and also to let you know of my gratitude for your gifts to our community. You are inspiring, my friend!

  6. Jane McNally, Ph.D. November 24, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    Prayers for you every day from Boston. God be with you.

  7. Marge Hansen November 23, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    On this feast of Blessed Miguel Pro, may his intercession on your behalf see you home soon, free of cancer. God bless you, Father- you’re in my daily Rosary intentions.

  8. Allgenita Scott Davis November 23, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    Continuing prayers for you, Father T. J., and thanking God for your wonderful spirit and commitment to serving God. Blessings, Algenita

  9. Adan Salinas November 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    Praying for you & your family everyday my friend… Love you TJ stay fierce… –Our Lady of Victory pray for us… –Pray for us St. Joe–

  10. Ditta Family November 23, 2014 at 5:55 am #

    Thinking of you dear friend on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe! Luigi and I offered up this mass for you and pray daily for you. I also visualize Our Lady of Guadalupe placing her tilma over your body for comfort and healing. Love you so much.

    Viva Cristo Rey!

  11. November 21, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    Nuestras oraciones por una feliz recuperacion.!

  12. Erik Noriega November 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    I hope you’re able to spend some time this Thanksgiving with family and friends, Father TJ. Julia and I keep praying for you my friend.

  13. Mayra Guzman November 21, 2014 at 7:24 am #

    Praying for you Father TJ Martinez, may through the intercession of Blessed Miguel Pro you be healed. I asked this through Christ Our Lord. Keep fighting, for you have a strong family praying for you. Fam. Guzman

  14. Mary Ellen LeBlanc November 19, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    Praying for you daily.Be fierce in Jesus name.The LeBlanc’s

  15. Bo Bothe November 18, 2014 at 7:22 am #

    Hey man, thinking of you every day. Miss you and with you in prayer.

    Love you brother… Bo

  16. Gabriella Mackin November 17, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    Prayers for you Fr. Martinez. Love from the Mackin family!

  17. Mimi Holt November 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    Thinking of you and praying for you. I am so grateful to have witnessed the miracle of God’s love that created such a blessing as you for the world. Thank you Fr. TJ for turning a financial statement audit into an ongoing channel of grace for me. I suspect you have turned many simple events into instruments of grace. Thank you.

  18. Amberley Levesque Doskey November 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    Good Afternoon Father Martinez! Just wanted to send a note to say hi, and remind you that Nick and I are always thinking of you and sending you love and well wishes. We participated in Loyola’s annual Wolves on the Prowl service day at Cristo Rey Saturday morning, and the school looks beautiful as always. We felt your presence all throughout the halls and on campus. We continue to keep you in our daily prayers. With love, Amberley and Nick

  19. Stasie Smith November 16, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    Prayers. You are in my family’s prayers.

  20. Jennifer Ste. Marie November 15, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

    Fr. Martinez
    Many thoughts and prayers your way!
    Keep fighting!
    Big hug,

  21. Alex Presti November 13, 2014 at 2:47 am #



    My family and I are thinking of you daily. You were and continue to be a major impact in our lives, years after teaching my brothers and myself in Dallas.



  22. Jacqueline Lerma November 11, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    Dear Fr. Martinez:

    Fr. Martinez just to let you know that I’m offering you my Communions and Rosary’s and asking Blessed Miguel Pro for your intercession. We need you in this world with your unique and contagious smile, energy and holiness. You’ve touched so many souls with your example and been an inspiration for many adolescents. For this, all my admiration for you and your outstanding priesthood and career in the education field. You’re going to make it!!!, so keep that faith high, knowing that thousands of people, like me, out here have you in our daily thoughts and prayers. Animo, que Dios y la Virgen de Guadalupe lo proteja con su santo manto!!!

  23. Jean Chisser November 11, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Hello dear TJ – Just a note to let you know that I am thinking of you and that all of us here at Boston College have you in our thoughts and prayers. We are sending lots of prayers on eagle’s wings!

  24. The Wuthrich Family November 11, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    Dear Father TJ —
    Sending you thoughts of love and gratitude for all the joy you and your indomitable spirit have brought to our family! Luke is positively blossoming at Strake — maturing into the amazing young man we all knew he would be. We miss you and your brilliant smiles, and we pray for your health and comfort. Be strong and of good courage for the Lord thy God doth go with thee, he will not fail thee! Deuteronomy 31:6.

  25. Miray November 11, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    May God bless you Father and restore your health so that you may go forward and be the Light the world needs.

  26. Mary Ellen LeBlanc November 9, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    Praying for you .Love and blessings,THE LeBlanc’s

  27. Daniel Malone November 5, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

    Fr. Martinez,

    God must have high regard for you and your good work. How many people can inspire people of whom they have never met except in reputation of their personal history of “works and faith”. Congratulations. You inspire me. My prayers for your intentions and those of the God of us all.

    A admiring Irishman in Nebraska
    Dan Malone

  28. Schola Gbashah November 5, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Ya i kind of just wanted to get on her nerves with bad grammar. Xoxox

  29. Whitney Crawford November 5, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    But this me anyway. still miss you.

  30. Schola Gbashah November 5, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    Hi Father TJ, i had to use my friend Whitney’s account to tell put a message in before. Anyway, its me schola. I miss u even though weve never met.

  31. Whitney Crawford November 5, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    Hello father TJ i miss you so much even though you dont no me. I just want you to know that you mean alot to this school and we are all praying for you.

  32. Ditta Family November 1, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    Happy Feast of All Saints! Thinking of you always, Elda and Louis

  33. Nick D October 29, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    We are continuing to think of you, pray for you, and give thanks for you.

  34. Mary Ellen LeBlanc October 29, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    Good morning!
    Always in our thoughts and prayers.Giving thanks for every day .You are truly a blessing.Health and healing to you.Love The Leblanc’s

  35. Gabriella Mackin October 23, 2014 at 8:33 am #

    Prayers for you from our family, as always!!

  36. Kathleen Miggins Hibbler October 19, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    On my heart and in my prayers, always, Padre.

  37. Patti Carlton October 17, 2014 at 12:07 am #

    You remain in my thoughts and prayers for healing and restoration.
    Patti Carlton

  38. Gabriella Mackin October 16, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    Hi there Father,
    I keep sneaking your name onto the prayer list at Holy Ghost each week. Sometimes I am a lector and sometimes a Eucharistic minister, but in usually in the sacristy before mass. I have been adding your name to the list each week if they forget and take it off! Prayers for you, as usual, and love coming your way from the Mackins. We love the picture on this website with them. It’s also the background on my phone as a daily reminder to me of how much you love all of the Cristo Rey kids.
    Love, Gabriella Mackin and “the Mackin 5” (and Brock too!)

  39. Bob and Peggy Paris October 14, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    Dear Father TJ, I thought I knew you, but as I have followed you on this site, I feel I have come to realize what a remarkable person you are. In Jewish celebration of Passover, they have a song called “Daiyenu” which translates “It would have been enough..” When I look at your life, I think if you had just become a lawyer, it would have been enough. Then you gave your life to the church- it would have been enough. Then you started this amazing school and it would have been enough. You went to Africa and finished your task. Then faced with cancer, you bravely fought and continue to fight. I know that when you could have said, “It’s enough.” you carried on. You have touched my life and for that I thank you. I pray for you continually, may God bless you.

  40. Mary Ellen LeBlanc October 13, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    Keeping you in prayer.Sending our love ,The Leblanc’s

  41. Anne O'Brien October 13, 2014 at 6:28 am #

    Rainy day in Dallas and thinking of you….God surely provides all that we need! We love you!!!! Anne and Scot and all the kids

  42. Richard S. Ramirez October 1, 2014 at 3:25 am #

    Fr. Martinez,

    I was very blessed to meet you and receive a big hug from you on the night you attended the Mass of the Holy Spirit.The blessing of all the students, parents and teachers of the school was very uplifting. I feel so blessed by God to have my son attending this school. I work at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and I only wish we had an opportunity like this when I was my sons Joshua’s age. I let him know all the time that he was given the opportunity of a life time and he should take it as a blessing form God. In a society of so many bad thing that we hear and see now days, it is so spiritually moving to see a group of amazing individuals, who have decided to give of them selves to give others an opportunity to do better in life. To give them an opportunity to do God’s work and lift their sprits. Everyone’s efforts allow them to realize how the Holy Sprit can help them through their struggles and to know that God is always at your side regardless of where you are form. You inspire me to be a better person. Forgive me for shedding a few tears when meeting you but, to me you are truly one of God’s angels. I pray with all my heart and spirit that God will grant restored health and continue to bless you with his grace.
    I hope to see you again soon.

    I sincerely thank you again for sharing Gods Love with all of us at Christo Rey Jesuit,

    Richard Ramirez

    Viva Christo Rey !!! Viva Cristo Rey Jesuit !!! Viva Fr. TJ Martinez !!!

  43. Mary Nugent September 29, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    Thinking of you tonight in a special way! Leonor (grand daughter of La Rebelde) sends her lova too. Viva Crist Rey! Love always, Mary.

  44. meme garza September 28, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    great seeing you al LOLA’S the other night….I have missed those “genius mode” conversations with you…you look awesome….thanking sooo much for coming down… usual, you motivated, inspired, and lifted us all up to a higher level…..YOU ARE THE BEST!!! …….hope to see you again soon

    muchos abrazos

  45. Jane MvNally, Ph.D. September 27, 2014 at 9:08 am #

    Just a note from someone you don’t know in Boston saying that I think of you each day and pray for you. May God bless you and keep you, may God’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up face upon you and grant you peace.

    Blessed Miguel Pro, pray for him.

  46. Robin Burke Britt September 24, 2014 at 12:03 am #

    TJ, pray for ur healing daily! Slow down and let the will of God catch up! Jesus Christ is in control of history! U r present. And u will be present as long as your plan on earth needs to be fulfilled!! Counting on u to keep up the fight!!!

  47. Fr Ayaga September 20, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    Long live Christ the King. We pray for you Martinez. Our students pray for you too. Mungu akubariki.

  48. Ditta Family September 19, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    We love you, TJ.
    Always praying for you.
    Elda and Luigi

  49. shawn levesque September 19, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    Hello Father Martinez,
    I am related to Nick and Amberley Doskey and was deeply touched by your spirit during their wedding weekend. I have never forgotten your vibrancy, huge smile and zest for the Lord.
    I have been thinking of your healing and praying that God continues to bless you with the strength you will need to fight your battle.
    Know that you are cared for and that you have touched hearts and brought God’s peace to those around you. I know He is pleased with you. I will continue to remember you in my prayers. Please don’t let that smile turn upside down. It is contagious and one of the most beautiful smiles I have been pleased to witness.

    And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
    2 Corinthians 12:9

    Warm Blessings,
    Shawn Levesque

  50. Anthony Mattacchione September 19, 2014 at 9:51 am #


    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I was given a gift of the orange bracket by Big Jack and haven’t taken it off. Your strength and energy gets me through my minor trials and tribulations.

    God Bless you my Border Brother!

    Anthony and Kelli Mattacchione

  51. tippy stuart September 18, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    Viva Cristo Rey !! Viva Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro,SJ!! and of course ,Viva YOU, FrTJ,SJ!!!.The orange bracelet serves as a daily reminder of the journey you are walking…you are truly one of the most inspiring, dedicated … and fun( you ROCK)… people God has ever placed on this earth…no hyperbole ..truth…know that i ..and so many others continue to pray for you…and that ,just as you have been there for others, we are here ,in whatever capacity you wish, for you…sorry i missed the opening Mass this year… a friend needed a favor.. she has heard so much about you and CRJP, she wanted to be there too.. and to think…we missed out on your signature hug.. well,o.k.,.. here’s an “air hug” for you…stay strong , scream/cry when you want to, laugh /sing when it pleases your soul… know that we are all mentally embracing you with healing thoughts… AMDG…. prayers and peace …

  52. Nita Chesney September 18, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    Fr. TJ:
    Viva Cristo Rey! Color Orange!!!!
    Always pryaing for you.
    Love you and keep up the great work of healng.
    Many Blessing Dear Fr. TJ.
    Much Love,

  53. Annie Fabio September 18, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    Hello, our friend. As is true for so many, you remain in our daily prayers. You have touched so many, and I know each person and those they encounter are enriched as a result of your inspiration. We enjoy the photos of you. Not surprising, your hair is always perfect!! I should visit your barber, ha!
    I failed to tell you, that David, Luke and I were flying from Amsterdam to London in the Spring and a man seated next to me had a Matthew Kelly book, Rediscovering Catholicism. I was also reading it, so we introduced ourselves. He lives in Dallas and would you believe, he knows you and is very familiar with you from DJ and CR. Very small world.
    Hurry and get better. I can’t wait to try and “trip” you again. All our love and prayers, Annie and David

  54. Melanie Frank September 18, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    Fr. TJ – you continue to be in my daily prayers – I miss you so and love you more – hoping to see you soon.

  55. Mary Ellen LeBlanc September 16, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    Father TJ
    Not a day goes by without prayers for you.We love and keep you in our hearts.
    The LeBlanc’s

  56. Jesse Robinson September 16, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    Hello T.J.!

    Your grad school friends are thinking of you! We just donated some money to Cristo Rey in your honor, and we want you to know that we pray and pray and pray (Leland might win the award for the most praying, but I’m in a close second!) and send you so much love and laughs and joy and memories and are thinking of you so often. We know that this is a hard time for you, and so we want you to know that we are out there, across the country, in schools and non-profits and offices and homes, sending you tons and tons of support and love.

    You’re the best. We love you.
    The HGSE Crew

    p.s. Mary loves you, too!

  57. Milo Brown September 15, 2014 at 8:24 pm #


    There’s not a day that goes by when I’m not asking Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro to pray for you and to intercede with the Lord for your healing from cancer. Most days, that happens 3 or 4 times since I’ve added that prayer to my grace before meals and to my bedtime prayers. I’m sure Blessed Miguel Pro is sick of hearing from me…………….

    Your love of God and trust in Him is amazing. That’s so difficult for many of us to understand. But we continue to learn as much from you in this current ugly situation as we have in all the wonderful years since we met.

    Know that I, the Brown family, and thousands of others lift our prayers for you to Blessed Miguel and to God every day. “The impossible just takes a little longer.” You will triumph!

    “Viva Cristo Rey!”

    Milo Brown

  58. Ledet Family September 11, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

    We want you to know we are praying for you and your family. We are asking God for a miracle and praying to Blessed Miguel Pro. Peace be with you.

    “Viva Cristo Rey!”

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  60. Andy Mendez September 10, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    Stay strong, Father. The UT Law Class of ’96 is proud that one of our own started such a great school. I will pray for you and have my kids do the same. Best,

  61. Nick D September 9, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    “Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.” (St. Ignatius of Loyola)

    You clearly understand this and have set a great example for all of us. You continue to inspire and I am sure your greatest accomplishments are still to come. We are keeping you in our prayers and look forward to you beating this.


  62. John Feudo September 5, 2014 at 9:27 pm #


    I think of you often, and remember you in my prayers. You’re not only a wonderful person, but a strong one as well. You WILL beat this. We will ALL make sure of that.

    Blessings to you.

    John Feudo

  63. Jane McNally, Ph.D. August 31, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

    Greetings from Boston. You are in my prayers . May God bless you and keep, may God shine upon you and be gracious to you, may God lift His face upon you and give you peace. We don’t have to know you personally to pray for you each day, and you can count on mine.


  64. Jim Campbell August 29, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    Dear TJ I just heard about your illness from the Doyles, Bob and Mary who summer on Cape Cod but live in Houston. I met you and toured Christo Rey in Houston when I worked for JVC. I am sorry to hear of this cross you bear but will pray for your recovery. Please know that your work and your genuine spirit of concern for the poor is an inspiration to many. God bless and AMDG

    Peace, Jim Campbell

  65. Mary Ellen LeBlanc August 29, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    Good Morning!
    We were so very happy to see you at the Mass of the Holy Spirit.Our prayers are being answered everyday .God is Love,God is Goodness,God is Merciful.The Blessed and Holy Spirit within you, filled the school with Love and devotion to Our Savior.You are a catalyst,a bearer of good will to all.We love you Father TJ .The Leblanc’s.”Be Fierce’

  66. Vanesa V August 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

    I miss you Fr. Martinez! School isnt the same without you I miss your energy! Praying for you!

  67. Theresa August 26, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

    Just checking in and keeping you in my prayers!

  68. Stan Fehr August 25, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    I just recently heard of your diagnosis and am committed to pray for you throughout your treatment.

    I have very fond memories of our childhood in Brownsville…

    Here is a verse that ministered to me as my oldest son Jarrett battled through multiple heart surgeries, a tracheostomy and cancer…

    2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

    I pray that as our Lord’s cup of suffering overflows into your life, the comfort that Jesus gives would overflow out of your life to those around you in need of Him.

    In Christ,


  69. Mary Ellen LeBlanc August 22, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    Good Morning Father!
    Keeping you in prayer and in our hearts.My grandson received the Cross of Constantine this week.Time has flown by.We all had you in our thoughts and our heart.We lift you up daily to the Lord.”,Be fierce”

  70. Jane McNally, Ph.D. August 21, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

    Just thinking of you tonight. My prayers for your healing and recovery, for strength and consolation, knowing that you are being remembered in prayer.

  71. Mary Nugent August 21, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    Fr. TJ – it was so wonderful to see you at St. Cecilia tonight. My heart jumped with joy when I saw you and you looked great! I love you and send my hugs! Mary

  72. Blanca Flores August 18, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    Dear Father T. J.,

    Please know that I continue praying for you.

    I may not have been present here, but please know that I am always praying for you that God will continue giving you His grace to bear it all.
    Que su dolor y sufrimientos unido a los sufrimientos de Jesus, sean bendiciones y gracias tan necesarias para la salvacion de las almas.

    Viva Cristo Rey!

  73. Justin Saunders August 13, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    Me and the whole family are saying prayers for you whenever we can. Your wristband reminds me of your positive spirit everyday. Get better and come see me at El Real!
    Justin Saunders

  74. Theresa Burnett August 13, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

    Keeping you in my prayers!
    Look forward to meeting you one day!
    Blessings to you!

  75. Lynne Ryan August 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

    Dear Fr. T.J,
    You continue to amaze and inspire us!
    Congratulations on making your final vows!
    We love seeing the pictures, especially your beautiful smile!
    We pray for you everyday, and at every meal following grace-
    an idea we learned from Milo and Nancy Brown.
    We love you.
    Viva Christo Rey!
    Lynne and Steve Ryan and family

  76. Cathy Beathard August 11, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    Dear Father Martinez-

    I continue to ask God, our Great Healer, to bring complete recovery upon you and to cover you and your family with His mercy and grace.

    Peace be with you! Cathy Beathard

    1Peter 1:3-7
    3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

  77. Mary Ellen LeBlanc August 11, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    Good Morning!
    Through the intercession of Blessed Miguel Augustine Pro may your day and everyday be blessed with the healing hand of Our Savior in Jesus Name,Amen
    We Love you ,The Leblanc’s,Lumar III,Lumar IV,Tanya,Mary Ellen

  78. Mary Ellen LeBlanc August 9, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    Congratulations to you Father TJ you are truly a miracle in motion.
    Love You ,The Leblanc’s

  79. Cardenas Family August 8, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    Father TJ,

    Congrats on your vows! We pray for your recovery to be very soon! I miss you my friend.
    You are in our hearts and prayers daily. You have changed many of lives and made many friends:)

    You are an amazing priest who have helped many kids. God bless you Father TJ.


    Lillian, Robert and Sofia Cardenas

  80. Linda Yanez August 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

    Congratulations on your vows, we are so proud of you! Always in our thoughts & prayers.

  81. Deacon Don Senger August 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Father T.J. Just wanted to let you know that I pray for you at every Mass at which I serve. I appreciate, greatly, all you have done for our Holy Church, our community and, especially, for the youth. You brought hope, promise and (most important) action!

    I pray that you continue to gain strength and that you have the peace and love of God with you always and that His light continues to shine in your eyes, His love rests in your heart and that His hand is on your shoulder to guide you.

    Peace and grace

    Deacon Don Senger

  82. Clem Zang August 7, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    Father TJ,

    Jackie and I think of and pray for you often. We are always reminded of the good relationship you had with Greg, our son, and no doubt with many Jesuit students We all appreciated the extraordinary effort you made to visit him in the hospital. He was always excited about your visits which had such a positive impact on him during difficult times. We will continue to pray that God will give you the strength to endure the pain and suffering especially during post chemo periods.
    We pray for a miracle that many more good works can done according to his will.

    God bless you, Fr. TJ, and all your good works!!! Clem Zang

  83. lumar leblanc August 6, 2014 at 12:28 am #

    i hope God makes you better keep pray

  84. Allison (Pokladnik) Ledkins August 5, 2014 at 10:12 pm #


    Congratulations on your vows! Although it has been over 10 years now, I am so thankful that you were a part of my life in high school when I was friends with a group of Jesuit students that were close to you. I have many fond memories of times with you, one in particular being a graduation scavenger hunt we did. (I think it was a combination party for John Sabine, Rob Harris, Casey Seraphin and Logan Roach.) You have had a huge impact on my life and am thinking of you and praying for you always.

    Love and prayers,
    Allison (Pokladnik) Ledkins
    Ursuline Academy ’03

  85. Ryan Higgins August 5, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    Father Martinez, congratulations on your vows! You have made such an impact on my life. I look at you and truly know what it is to be a man for others. Your leadership and the example you set for me at Jesuit Dallas will hold a long lasting value to my life. Laura and I still talk about what a true blessing it was to have you marry us. The time we got to spend driving down the Pacific Coast Highway with me talking your ear off after you were delayed for hours is something I will never forget and neither will anyone that attended our wedding 🙂 We pray for you daily and we love with you with all our hearts. I tell my son Hudson about you and what a wonderful man you are. Thanks for all you do!

    All of our love,
    Ryan, Laura, and Hudson

  86. Gabriella Mackin August 4, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    Fr. Martinez,
    We still pray for you and think about you daily!! At Holy Ghost parish, where we attend and the girls are altar servers, I put your name back on the prayer list for the sick so that all of the parishioners prayers will be added to the many, many that are being said for you. You were also prayed for at the AYC (Archdiocesan Youth Conference) and the kids continue to wear the orange wrist bands for you.
    We remark all the time at our home how much you are one of the brightest of God’s lights shining, no matter what your physical health may be, and how we are praying for you to have strength and comfort through this time. You continue to inspire us with the grace you have facing this journey through illness.
    Alessandra faced a similar journey when she was little, and we as a family learned so much about faith, about placing your troubles in Jesus’s hands, and that God’s blessings come through the people we encounter when we are facing difficulties. I hope you also experience the signs of God’s care for you every day like we did.
    Thank you again for founding the place for my now 5 teenagers to grow their minds, their hearts, and their souls. Dominic starts tomorrow as a freshman!!
    Blessings, Gabriella Mackin

  87. Nick D August 4, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    Congratulations on your vows. I am proud of you and proud to know you.

    “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Mandela

  88. Ledet Family August 4, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    Congratulations Father T.J.. Our family contuse to pray for you and your family.

    “Viva Father T.J. and Cristo Rey!”

  89. Pokey Bolton August 2, 2014 at 9:28 pm #


    Congratulations on your vows! That is so amazing and I’m going to have to brag on your behalf to our BC friends! You are in my prayers, every day…and I am reminded of your strength every minute I look down onto my left wrist. I have not taken my Team Fr TJ bracelet off since I put it on April 11.

    I’m sure you don’t remember, but back at BC in…oh…1990, maybe ’91, you gave me “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” Still my favorite book and the biggest pick-me-up.

    You are a pick-me-up to everyone you come across.

    Thinking of you and thankful for you,


  90. Adriana Garza Read August 2, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    Congratulations on your final vows TJ!! I continue to pray for you everyday and everytime I look at my orange wristband. Love you! Besos, AG

  91. CPM August 1, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    Still thinking & praying for you! Stay fierce!

  92. Jordi Baizan August 1, 2014 at 6:00 am #

    Father TJ
    I wanted to let you know that my prayer time this morning has been dedicated to you. I met you briefly on two occasions in my life, a first communion Mass for my niece and a Regis School of the Sacred Heart graduation for our twin boys. The Holy Spirit was burning brightly through you on both days, and I was very inspired to be a magnet for Christ like you were on those days.

    I juat want you to know that at this very moment, I am thinking about you and awake. Beside you in the garden, not asleep. I will be with you and you with me all day. My family and I will continue to pray for your healing.

    Con mucho cariño

    Jordi Baizan and family

  93. Kathleen Miggins Hibbler August 1, 2014 at 2:17 am #

    Fr. TJ,
    You have not been far from my mind on this day, the feast of St. Ignatius. I hope you were able to enjoy the magesty of that powerful rainstorm we just had. I prayed for you during it, that you be given similar force and strength, in your healing. What a deluge you have already been made to endure. I pray that all your sufferings will be washed away so that we can continue to witness, in you, the greater glory of God!

  94. Kris Kramer July 31, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    Praying for you today!

  95. Theresa Burnett July 31, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    Keeping you in my prayers!
    We may never meet but I think of you often!
    You’ve done so much for so many!
    I will pray for you!

  96. Jennifer Ste. Marie July 30, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Prayers and positive well wishes.

  97. Mary Ellen LeBlanc July 30, 2014 at 7:09 am #

    Love and Prayers Fr. TJ
    The Leblanc’s

  98. Ditta Family July 27, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

    With you in spirit as you begin round two of chemo. Healing prayers and love your way from our hearts to yours. Always, Elda and Louis

  99. Mary Ellen LeBlanc July 27, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    Good Morning!
    You are in our prayers as the day unfolds.Blessings ,love ,comfort ,and the spirit of Our Lord be with you chosen child of God .You continue to bring many to God’s Mercy .I place you at His Mercy .Jesus i Trust in You.Love you Father TJ.
    The Leblanc’s

  100. Ledet Family July 26, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

    Our family is continuing to pray for you and your family. We pray for the wisdom to understand and the strenght to endure and win this battle! “Viva Father T.J. and Cristo Rey!”

  101. Linda Yanez July 25, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    As I sit here at the airport on my way to Houston, I’m thinking about you & your Dad. You’re in my thoughts & prayers. Estamos en esta lucha contigo!

  102. Veronica (Roni) Hernandez-Lopez July 24, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    TJ, just wanted to say hello after so many years since SJA. You have been in my prayers ever since I heard about your diagnosis. I too am battling cancer with my stepdaughter Lily who got an experimental bone marrow transplant in May in San Antonio. Her leukemia is gone but is now battling a life-threatening infection. I dont understand why so many loved ones get cancer, but i do know we serve a mighty God who can perform miracles for both you and my daughter. I am so proud to have called you my friend back at St. Joe, you have made a difference in this world with all the work youve done. God bless you and keep you strong my friend! Keep fighting!

  103. María Doskey July 24, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    Praying and praying. Offering my daily minor sufferings for you and for Elena’s pediatric patients at M.D. Anderson, but you get Beato Miguel Pro interceding for you also.

    Beato Miguel Pro intercede por el padre Martínez. Santísima Virgen de Guadalupe intercede por el padre a tu Hijo, Nuestro Señor.

    ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

  104. Bob Sherwood July 23, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    Dear TJ,

    You remain in our thoughts and prayers every day. I’m sure that the chemo treatments must be ruggard, but I am happy to see that you are continuing with them. If anyone can beat this, it is clearly you. I can’t think of you without a smile appearing on my face. I feel so graced to be able to consider you a dear, dear friend. With much love, I wish you my very best.

  105. Mary E LeBlanc July 23, 2014 at 5:55 am #

    Good Morning! Love and Prayers to you.Suited up in prayer to battle this round with you. Be fierce in Jesus name

  106. Elisabeth Belton July 21, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    Dear Fr. T.J.

    Thinking of you today and everyday, you are offered up in our family rosaries and daily prayers. I see below from another message you have made your final vows. Our heartfelt Congratulations! As the river of life flows faster, I hope from time to time you get to harbor your boat and see the beauty, what you are going through is not easy, just know you are not alone and that we are always thinking of you. We will be your Simon to help carry your Cross. Much Love, the Belton’s- George Pray for us, Our Lady of Lourdes Pray for us. God Bless! Elisabeth and family. “Viva Cristo Rey!”

  107. Debbie July 21, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    Dear Father TJ,

    Congratulations on pronouncing your final vows. AMDG


  108. Lynne Schaefer July 20, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

    Hi Fr. Martinez, I see from Fr. Jim Martin’s facebook page that you profess your final vows today. Congratulations to you!! You will remain in my prayers for healing and continuing your outreach to our youth.

  109. Marge Hansen July 18, 2014 at 4:28 am #

    I’m a stranger to you, but a sister in Christ. You are in my daily Rosary intentions, Father, as we seek the intercession of Blessed Miguel Pro on your behalf.
    What a fine priest and leader, as the messages here attest! How satisfied you must be that your work is so important and appreciated! May God bless you abundantly, Father.
    Viva Cristo Rey!

  110. Gabriella Mackin July 16, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    We love you so much!
    The Mackin Family

  111. Mary Ellen LeBlanc July 15, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    Good Morning!
    Everyday is a day of love and prayers for you.May the Blood of Jesus wash you with His Goodness of healing and restore your strength, in Jesus name I pray.Amen

  112. Jennifer Ste. Marie July 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    Fr Martinez- Continued prayers are being said for your strength and healing. Your smile lights up a planet, so even though some days it may be hard, please keep smiling!

  113. Mary Nugent July 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    Father TJ,

    I made an appeal today at Halliburton and I answered all the questions about our fabulous school. One of the attendees of the meeting had heard about our fabulous little Jesuit founder with the big voice and passionate appeals for our school. I wanted you to know that today! I love you very much, saludos y abrazos!


  114. Mary Ellen LeBlanc July 13, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    Good Morning!
    Blessings and love to you from the LeBlanc Family.Be fierce…..

  115. Ann Jennings July 12, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

    Hello Father, I found your page a couple of months ago and have been begging God to let this cup pass over you…I am a great admirer and follower of Blessed Miguel Pro and now of you also…you are always in my thoughts and prayers God Bless!

  116. Cinda and Armando July 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    Loving you everyday! xxooo

  117. Tatyanna & Micheal July 10, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    Okay, where do we start? Tatyanna and Michael are praying for your recovery (Tatyanna wrote to you and Father Reedy said you have the letter on your night stand :D) You have done so so so so so so much to make this school a happy and pure environment. You are truly an unforgettable man.

    We love you and hope you feel better

    ~Michael Nieto and Tatyanna Benavides. Class of 2017

  118. Daisy Morales July 10, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    Just wanted for you to know that I am thinking of you today. Also have you in my prayers daily.
    Much Love,

  119. Amberley Levesque Doskey July 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    Father T.J.,
    Just wanted to let you know today, and every day, we are thinking of you and praying for you. Whenever I find myself fighting for something in life lately, I think of you, and try to fight even harder for you to hopefully send my strength, energy, love and prayers your way. Today the sun is shining in Houston, and I hope you feel it’s warmth and it’s giving you more strength and energy to continue to be the fierce fighter that you are. Nick and I continue to pray to Blessed Miguel Pro daily. Love, Amberley and Nick

  120. Ellie Fralick July 2, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    I’ve watched this page for news and updates. Ann and I have spoken often about this Journey you are on, and it’s meaning for your friends, your family for the school. I was at BC about 3 weeks ago (recall the last time we met was at BC during the time of your Harvard studies) and ‘they’ were very tuned into your news, your Journey.
    You’ve only begun to set a significant mark on this planet, my friend!! That’s why the Journey has an upper case J. We all get to demonstrate our commitment to others in life, and what special ways you have done so … not only — in the Christo Rey success — but in the ways you demonstrate how to put the teachings of the Lord into practice.
    Well done1 Onward!!

  121. Ron & Mariette Woestemeyer July 1, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    Dearest Father TJ:

    It is with immeasurable sadness that we received the message about your health some time ago. Ron and I are keeping you in our thoughts and our prayers and wish for nothing more than your renewed health and vigor. You have made such an amazing difference in our community. It is really hard, actually quite impossible, to imagine Cristo Rey without you. Though there are, no doubt, capable candidates to replace you, we are convinced there are none that come even close to matching your energy, your infectuous enthusiasm, your love and care for the students and your ability to motivate and rally the community in favor of your ever so worthy cause.

    When we received the horrifying news about your health, we were a bit angered at the man above for inflicting this on you and for the unfairness of it. I wrote a message to your office to let you know that you simply must conquer this. There is too much left to do for a person like you, whether here in Houston, or some place else. The world would be a poorer place without you and Cristo Rey Jesuit is undoubtedly not ready to be without you. You would be too terribly missed. So, please take the utmost good care of yourself and get well soon.


    Ron & Mariette

  122. Monica M Gonzalez July 1, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    Dear TJ, as I walked my dogs a few days ago, I found myself lost in thought. It took some effort to set my own problems aside, placing them in God’s hands. Then I focused my thoughts and prayers on all those fighting for their lives, and on you in particular. A few minutes later, as I came around the bend, I was blessed by the sight of a rainbow. It was a welcome sign amidst the dreary clouds we’d been having. God’s creation of colors bright and strong, reminded me of God’s creation in you. Even with the stormy clouds in your life, you find a way to shine through. Thanks for being you!

  123. Timothy P Schnitzius July 1, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Father TJ

    Dad and I continue to pray daily to Father Miguel Agustin Pro to intercede for your recovery! And we will continue.

    I am so happy Dad first invited me to join him 5 years ago at your annual Mass to launch the school year! It is my pleasure to keep up with Cristo Rey via Lion’s Tales and read to him over the phone all the wonderful news and accomplishments!

    You are an inspiration and we want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you!

    Thank you for your Christlike example of leadership!

    Patrick A Schnitzius ’45
    Timothy P Schnitzius ‘ 82

  124. Marisa Reuter & Chris Artzer July 1, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Rezando por tu salud. Cuenta con nosotros en lo que se te ofrezca. Te queremos, admiramos y necisitamos. Con muchisimo carino, la familia Artzer

  125. Annie Fabio July 1, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    Hi, Fr. TJ!! Hope you received (and read) my card some time back. I think of you daily, and pray for a miracle. I know God can do it!!! And I pray He wills it. I don’t know if Lori shared my funny experience with you. I was working in my front yard flower bed one day. Beautiful day!! I was intently thinking of you and praying for you. I began speaking out loud to God, asking that He might send me a sign sp that I would know He was listening. Within seconds, a beautiful, colorful butterfly appeared. I assumed the butterfly would sense my presence and fly away. It did not. It kept flittering around and kept landing closer and closer to me. I began speaking aloud to the butterfly, asking it if he was Fr. TJ or if he was another sign from God. The conversation was so intense and happy, that I was totally engulfed in it. I sensed the presence of someone near me, and looking up I saw the postman, walking guardedly past me, and yes, he was staring at me like I was a bit strange. He, of course, must have assumed I was talking to myself. That’s okay. The butterfly actually stayed for a while, and it was worth any embarrassment. (Actually, as you may expect, I don’t embarrass easily.) I wish I had a million funny stories to share with you and cause you to chuckle. Your smile is an inspiration to me and many others. Hope to see you soon, so you can see my TJ Miracle bracelet worn next to my ACTS Retreat fishing links bracelet, all day everyday, never take it off.
    God bless you and America!!
    Your friend, Annie

  126. Calista Schneidau June 30, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    So, now you live the Suscipe totally!. Fondly…Calista

  127. Maria Elena Doskey June 30, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    I pray for you every day and then some. May the Holy Spirit shower you with His gift of fortitude.

    Beato Miguel Pro, intercede por el padre Martínez. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

  128. Madeleine Sheehy June 30, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    Dear Fr. TJ Martinez:
    I keep you in my daily prayers. I wish you continued strength and FIERCE determination. Your energy is contagious. May God hold you tight and work HIS magic in healing you.

  129. Tomas Martinez, Records Analyst III, Sr. June 30, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    Fr. TJ Martinez SJ, I hope that this note finds you in the best of health and the lord’s hands. I know that you are facing this battle as only a true “Martinez” can, with your deep rooted faith and your head held high. It was a pleasure seeing you and that smile at the graduation ceremony this year. I got to see yet another Cristo Rey student (Vanessa Echavarria) accept her diploma this May from Cristo Rey Jesuit. That is the second graduating student we have mentored here at LINN Energy as part of Cristo Rey Jesuit’s Corporate Work Study program. Seeing Vanessa walk across that stage grinning from ear to ear and excited about her future was truly nspiring. It gives me hope for the future of Houston and has and the students of Cristo Rey. Hopefully this note takes your mind off things and makes you smile. I look forward to seeing you on the other side of this battle sir.

    Your friend,

    Tomas Martinez

    “Viva Cristo Rey!”

  130. Imelda Alamía (Lavios) June 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    T J,
    My request for your miracle is Petioned in my daily rosary. The Lavios clan sends prayers your way. We must keep the faith.
    La Cocina Mel is waiting for your personal request! Love you.
    ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

  131. Paul Kolker June 30, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    Fr. TJ Martinez, S.J. Esquire! I hope and pray that God is with you in this time of challenge, as He is with all of those whom He allows to endure suffering for His greater glory and the salvation of souls. Please know of my prayers for you. I still remember receiving a letter from you back in 2009, and it really was nice to have your encouragement then. So I hope my message (even if digitally delivered) encourages you now!

    God bless!

  132. Stella Filizola June 29, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    TJ: I am part of Meme’s army – thinking of you everyday !!!!!!!!!

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  134. meme garza June 26, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    two bits, four bits, six bits a dollar….all for TJ….STAND UP AND HOLLER !!!!

    your army is getting bigger and louder….I know you can feel all of us….we all have our “rally caps” on and we are ready to charge with you…keep running to win!!!

  135. Linda Abrahamian June 25, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

    Have been praying for you everyday. Went to the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton yesterday and prayed for you before her relic and tomb. May God heal you!

  136. Jane McNally, Ph.D. June 25, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    Through the intercession of Miguel Pro, S.J., may God heal you of all illness of mind, spirit, and body.

    Through the intercession of Pedro Arupe, S.J., may you be strengthened and comforted in your Jesuit vocation with the love and support of your Jesuit brothers.

    Finally, on a less formal level, Hey, Lord, …you payin’ attention here??? Listen, Lord, with the ear of your Heart.


  137. aunt Lupe June 25, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    Stay strong and stay positive. Everyone is praying for a miracle. We all love you and we want you to hang in there. Love you, the Olson & Jayroe families.

  138. Benitez Fanily June 23, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Padre Martinez pensando en usted y enviandole muchisimos abrazos. Reinterandole lo mucho que lo extrañamos muchisimo en nuestra comunidad.


    Fam Benitez

  139. Mary E LeBlanc June 20, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    Good morning! Another day of Blessings.Thanks and Praise to Our Lord for His Love.We love and pray with you. The LeBlanc’s

  140. Marge Hansen June 19, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

    Dear Father Martinez,

    You’re in my daily Rosary and I just wanted to be among so many in praying for your complete recovery. I’ve got Pope St. John Paul II and Pope John XXIII working overtime on this!

    Your sister in Christ,

    Marge Hansen

  141. Mary E LeBlanc June 19, 2014 at 7:44 am #

    Good morning .Wonderful to hear you have conquered round four and getting strong. May God’s Plan continue to Bless You as we pray for a miracle. You are fierce…. Love, LeBlanc Family

  142. Megan June 18, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

    Katherine, Audrey, Sarah, Bradford, and I are praying for you Uncle TJ. We love you very very much!

  143. Cindy and Harry Holmes June 18, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    Father Martinez,

    We have been praying and thinking about you. We hope you are feeling better. Keep fighting and stay strong.
    With love,
    Cindy & Harry Holmes

  144. Dianne Hammelman June 18, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    The Hammelman family sends their love and prayers. We are praying for your miraculous healing!!!

  145. Colleen Dippel June 18, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    TJ –

    Your students rocked it!! Kudos on getting 100% of your seniors into college – amazing. Your work has been a blessing to families all over this city and is inspiring folks in other cities to re-think what is possible for low income kids. So, if anyone can beat cancer its YOU!

    Keeping you and your doctors in my prayers. You keep your hand on the plow my friend – Colleen Dippel

  146. Daisy Morales June 18, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    Father TJ,

    You probably don’t remember the picture we took at Cristo Rey’s first Neighbors National Night Out. I pulled it out , framed it and set it on my bookshelf. It reminds me everyday the gifts that you gave everyone you came in contact with. It also helps me remember to pray, pray, pray.
    Love you!!!

  147. Judy and Darby Seré June 18, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    Fr. T. J.,

    We think of you all the time and pray for a miracle. We also wear our “Team T. J.” wristbands as a reminder of the struggle you are going through. We love you and miss you.

    Judy and Darby

  148. Kenya Patterson June 18, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    Dear Father,

    I pray that you get better and stronger daily until your healing is complete. You are such an inspiration and joy giver to others. I get an instant smile when I think of you because that’s how you have impacted me since I met you 5 years ago. God Bless You and I love you!

    Kenya Patterson
    Human Resources Coordinator
    United Way of Greater Houston

  149. Mary E LeBlanc June 18, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    Good morning
    Lifting you up with much prayers and love.God is in control. Be fierce…. LeBlanc Family

  150. Jennifer Ste. Marie June 15, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    Fr. Martinez ~
    Wonderful thoughts of you……
    I hope you are feeling God’s peace during your battle and I am praying for a miracle.
    Jennifer Ste. Marie

  151. Gabriella Mackin June 13, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    We are still praying for you and think about you every day.

  152. Mary E LeBlanc June 11, 2014 at 7:27 am #

    Blessings and Love to you .We are all here with you on this journey with much love and prayers. Be fierce…

  153. Jean Chisser June 11, 2014 at 6:53 am #

    Good morning, TJ – I am sending this early morning note to let you know that you remain in my thoughts and prayers and I am sending all possible positive and healing thoughts your way. As you are fighting the fight, everyone here at Boston College is in your corner, cheering YOU on to victory. Be well. Stay strong. Be healed.
    ~Jean Chisser

  154. Cecilia Strubelt Moody June 10, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    Father “TJ”

    Happy Anniversary on your ordination to the priesthood. You are so blessed because you were chosen by God to serve him and all of us. Such an energetic, charismatic, caring and loving person. Thank you for all that you have done and what you will continue to do. May our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, continue to hold you in the palm of His hand.

    “Lord, look upon Fr. T. J. Martinez with eyes of mercy, may Your healing hand rest upon him, may Your life giving powers flow into every cell of his body and into the depths of his soul, cleansing, purifying, restoring him to wholeness and strength for service in Your Kingdom”. Amen.

    “Keep kikin’ them boots!

    Love~n~Prayers…..Cecy Moody 0:)

  155. Robin Burke Britt June 10, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Precious TJ, looooove the chicken nugget story and that swallowing is improved!!! Keep up those attempts to eat. You know I adore you but more important, respect and admire you for all you have done to inspire others and show your zeal for the work of Christ! Without the intercession of the Holy Spirit, and a personal relationship with my Lord, Jesus Christ, I would not be following the plan of God for my life! My 3.5 years at Cristo Rey as school nurse practitioner will always be remembered as the TJ time! God’s timing is perfect… Take this time during treatment to do ‘anything you want to’. Why has The Lord slowed you down? Just know I look at my TJ bracelet every day and each time an Our Father is said! You know me, always start at the top! If you need TLC from a nurse practitioner! Connie Jacobs adores you! And MDACC will benefit from your presence as I pray you will benefit from treatment! Love you and am prayerfully keeping you in my heart and soul daily,!!!


  156. Ditta Family June 10, 2014 at 6:56 am #

    Dearest TJ,

    Know that your Sacred Heart family at Duchesne Academy continues to pray for your healing. A small group from the Upper School leaves today for Spain and France. As we travel you will be lifted up in prayer every morning and every evening and we will light candles for you in every church we visit. I keep you in my mind and heart always, mi hermanito. Luigi sends his love and prayers and we look forward to seeing you soon.

    Your devoted friend,

  157. Nannette Gambrell June 3, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

    Praying for you Father Martinez., that God will touch you in his special way to offer you a complete healing. May you have peace and calmness while waiting for his healing.

  158. Kathleen Miggins Hibbler June 3, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    Fr. T.J,
    I have only met you once, in the kitchen at the Strake Jesuit residence on the morning that I came to transplant the passionvine there to full sun. You had just come back from a 6 mile run and were making wheat toast. I was delighted to finally have made your acquaintance, as I had admired your work from afar. We share a mutual friend from UD, Coco? She posted a very lovely collage of pictures of you on her wall, which I swiped and shared. Anyway, now that I see your street address posted, I will send you some “fresh” holy water from the Vatican and some other items that were blessed by His Holiness the week of the dual canonizations, which I attended with my youngest 2 children. We couldn’t help but remember your prayer intention everywhere we went, including Assisi. We have every confidence that prayer without ceasing will work miracles in your life. Godspeed, dear Padre. {Viva Cristo Rey ~ Viva Fr. T.J!} Love, the Hibbler Family

    “With [Christ], evil, suffering and death do not have the last word, because he gives us hope and life: He has transformed the cross from an instrument of hate, defeat and death into a sign of love, victory and life.” -Pope Francis

  159. Ugo June 3, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    I’ll be praying for you Father TJ!!

  160. chris davis June 3, 2014 at 5:53 am #

    From Psalms 18:1….I love you, LORD; you are my strength.
    I’ll pray for you — all the best Father TJ

  161. Memo Prieto sj June 2, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    Querido TJ:

    Estás continuamente en nuestras oraciones… .

    Desde Guadalajara pedimos a nuestro Miguel Agustín Pro sj que mueva sus influencias en el cielo para que pronto estés al 100% con nosotros

    Te mando un abrazo con mucho cariño

    Memo Prieto sj

  162. Roz Pactor June 2, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    Fr. Martinez, I want you to know first, how you have touched my life in such a wonderful, joyful way and because of that I have been praying for you as you battle this cancer that is in you. I have prayed for you every evening when I say my prayers and just know that with the strength that you have shown all of us that you will overcome this. You have made miracles happen for so many and I know that God is there for you!

    God bless you,

  163. Marilu Garza June 1, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    Te mando besos y abrazos… remain close to my heart and always in my prayers …..

  164. jenny mcconnell June 1, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    Praying for you as you battle cancer. I teach theology at STHS and have survived a battle with cancer almost four years ago. I told myself that I could choose to live in fear or hope each day. The balance has been on the side if hope. I am praying for God to give you the grace and endurance to cope with this illness! You are always surrounded by a cloud of prayer to carry and comfort you.

  165. Alberto Ares, sj June 1, 2014 at 12:09 am #

    Querido Toñito:

    Desde España te recordamos y seguimos unidos en oración. Te tuve muy presente especialmente el fin de semana pasado cuando realizamos Últimos Votos en Madrid siete compañeros jesuitas. Tres de ellos muy conocidos para ti: Dani Villanueva, Pablo Veiga y yo mismo.

    Recuperate pronto y ven a visitarnos a España. Te estaremos esperando con los brazos abiertos.

    Un abrazo para ti y tu familia,

  166. Aileen McCormick May 31, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    Fr. Martinez, I can’t imagine how the graduating class of 2014 felt when they saw you in attendance at their graduation today. I was there to see the young lady that was part of our corporate work study program, as well as Christopher Esparza, the recipient of the first Mary Ann Wallace scholarship. I expected it to be a wonderful afternoon, but to see you up on that stage took my breath away. May God bless you and keep you . You are a wonderful man and priest and a force of nature. I really believe a miracle is possible and I will continue to pray for one. Aileen

  167. Perla M Echeverria May 31, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    As a cáncer survivor of six years, i want to tell you that God never once let’s go of your hand, specially during those terrible moments of chemo and the week after it. I wish you the best of luck and will keep you in my prayers. We need you and more people like you in this world fighting for those who need to bring God into their lives.
    Kep in touch. Keep writing telling us how you will be Improving every day. Blessings and prayers.

  168. Edna Ruiz-Manrique May 31, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    I don’t know you nor have heard of you before but I can tell by your msgs there are many ppl who are fighting alongside w/you.
    You will never be alone so long as you have us…the church….your brothers & sisters. Fight the good fight Fr. I just know everything will be ok for whatever it is that God wants you to accomplish. Onward soldier! You have been chosen…blessed art thou even in your sufferings. You are being refined for a great cause! Animo! I wish I could have known you in person…perhaps some day dear Fr. In the meantime don’t you worry about nada…I shall make it my duty through Gods good will to ENCOURAGE you! 🙂
    Que Viva Christo Rey hoy,manana y siempre!

    Blessed be the Sacred Heart of Jesus

    Edna Ruiz-Manrique

  169. Ena Ruiz-Manrique May 31, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    Good Morning Father!
    I came across your picture in fb & read the article.
    I’am sorry you are not feeling too well but improving & being a “fierce”fighter!
    Gods will be done.
    I will be praying for you in my Rosary.
    I commend you for all you have done Iam sure God is smiling down at you.
    Courage & grace to you my brother.
    Ihave the movie about Padre is beautiful the way he lived & died for Christ. It touched my heart. Have you seen the movie? I bought it at Saccos Catholic store here in Houston…if you would like I could buy you one for continued inspiration. Ok well it is time to rise & shine I havent even gotten out of bed yet! May Our Father renew you both in spirit & body. Have a blessed day God loves you & so do I. Keeping you in prayer.
    Edna Ruiz-Manrique

  170. Jackie Lain May 31, 2014 at 7:47 am #

    TJ, just thinking of you and wishing you and your family strength and peace. You’re in my prayers, dear friend.
    With love, Jackie

  171. Jim & Susie Murray May 30, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    Father TJ, we pray for you daily in our family prayers. You remain an inspiration for us and your current battle only increases your positive impact on those who know you. Thank you for your witness to the Truth and please, please get well soon.
    – Jim & Susie

  172. Kyle May 29, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    Prayers coming your way. Go to the vitamin shop to get some inositol, turkey tail, coq10 and mushroom emperors. Miracles still happen thru the Holy Spirit.!! God bless!!

  173. Mark Mossa, SJ May 29, 2014 at 6:41 pm #


    Praying for you daily, my brother. Hoping you’ll be up for a visit when I’m in Houston in August! Glad to see you’ve got J.J. Watt playing defense for you! Congratulations on the class of 2014!



  174. Mike Shoule May 29, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    TJ, I mean Father Martinez (sorry, Cummings St is many moons ago isn’t it?), you are in my prayers every day as you continue this fight with God at your side. With love, Mike Shoule

  175. Linda May 28, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    Father, blessings and many prayers. Remember Padre Pio; Pray, Hope, and don’t worry.

  176. Alessandra Mackin May 28, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    I hope that you get better soon and that our prayers for you are heard!
    I may a rosary for you from my workplace, Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Parish office and I do intend to get it to you whenever I can, through a staff at Cristo Rey Jesuit.

    We love you!!

  177. Maria Elena Doskey May 27, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

    Nick D, I thank God for giving you to me, and I thank God for giving Father Martínez to you.
    Beato Miguel Pro, ruega por el padre Martínez.

    María D

  178. Nick D May 27, 2014 at 8:10 am #


    Two months ago we were standing outside of the Jesuit residency having a conversation. Since then, we’ve both celebrated birthdays, we’ve celebrated our mothers, and we’ve celebrated CRJ having its second graduating class all accepted into college and receiving MILLIONS of dollars in scholarships. We’ve also learned of your cancer. Throughout this process, I have had the opportunity to see how large of a family you have (I expected gigantic or enormous to only find out it is ginormous). Outside of one’s blood family, one’s family grows through their actions. You have earned this family and have built a global reaching community capable of incredible things. This is a family and community you built through your actions and by teaching, praying, inspiring, and even just listening along the way. We stand next to you in your fight and you should feel confident in your battle when you have this family and community at your side. Viva Cristo Rey! Viva La Virgen de Guadalupe! Viva TJ SJ!

    Nick D

    “Whatever you are physically…male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy–all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.”

  179. Jeremy Cruz May 22, 2014 at 9:58 pm #


    Know that I am among the crowd of people surrounding you with positive energy and praying fervently for your recovery. You have been and will remain in the weekly intentions of my faith community here in NYC as well. I hope you are resting, conserving your energies for yourself (for once) and following doctors orders like a good Ignatian soldier.

    May abundant power for healing and new life be with you in the months ahead. Sending a big hug from afar.

  180. Derrick Orellana May 21, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    Dear Father Martines
    The school is not the same without you. Also I really miss your speeches. Your speeches is what makes me want to do better in school and my life. I miss you so much father. I hope I will be able to see u soon. Go lions!!!

  181. Hilda Gomez May 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    Just read the update of your second round of chemo. Amen, Fr. TJ.!!! I continue with my daily prayer for your health and so does all the community of St. Mary, Mother of the Church. Hugs, Hilda.

  182. Erik Noriega May 21, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    Still praying for you, Fr. TJ! My son will be a freshman this fall. I’m praying you’ll be there on the first day of school, his graduation, and beyond!

  183. Benitez Fanily May 20, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    Padre Martinez enviandole muchos abrazos y saludos. Seguimos en oracion con usted para su pronta recuperacion. Se le quiere y se le extraña muchisimo en nuestra comunidad. Familia Benitez

  184. Jennifer Ste. Marie May 19, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Fr. Martinez, Keeping positive thoughts for you and know that you are remembered in my daily prayers.

  185. Ledet Family May 18, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

    We are praying for you and your family every day. We pray to Blessed Miguel Pro for a miracle to grant you a full recovery. We also pray to Blessed Francis Seelos to grant you a full recovery. Thank you for answering God’s call to become a priest and thank you for your work of spreading God’s love and kindness throughout the world.
    The Ledet Family

  186. Kate Gerne May 15, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    Happy belated birthday! I am sorry to hear about your set back. You remain in my prayers and I will continue to pray to Fr. Miguel Pro for your healing. Hang in there, Cardinal!
    Kate Gerne

  187. Jean Chisser May 15, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    Checking in and sending healing thoughts your way – and a belated birthday wish for you that includes health and happiness. As others have said: you keep fighting and we’ll keep praying! All the best from your friends at Boston College!

  188. Gabriella Marshall Mackin May 14, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    A day doesn’t go by that we don’t pray for your strength, comfort, and grace from our Lord. We have been in the hospital ourselves for years here, and understand how hard it is day to day. That’s why I pray for comfort, and strength, and grace for you. Just take one day at a time.
    Love you so much, the Mackin Family

  189. Nick Spiliotis May 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

    Although you are ill, I know your capacity is great, please return these well-wishes, prayers, and love in kind.

  190. Margaret Flint May 14, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    Father TJ,

    My daughter is a freshman at Cristo Rey Jesuit. Since the beginning of the school year, she has heard nothing but marvelous things about you. She was anxiously waiting to meet you, When she saw you, she said that it was like seeing an actual angel. She went up to you and introduced herself. She told me how you hugged her That day she came home excited and very happy. Over the weeks she would tell me how she’d see you and you called her “cutie” one day. On the Friday she learned of your illness, she was working and while at lunch she learned that the father of her best friend’s old school wanted to be taken off life support. Even though my daughter did not know this man, she was sad. She told her classmates, “I hope nothing like this ever happens to Father Martinez.” When she found out of your cancer she was torn apart. When she told me this tragedy I could see the pain in her eyes and the tears rolling down her cheeks. She couldn’t understand why this was happening, She was confused as to why God would punish you of all people, I explained to her that God works in mysterious ways. My daughter continues to pray for you everyday and she admires your attitude in the situation, So do I.

    Get will Father.

  191. Jessica Garza Nichols May 14, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    Dear Father TJ,
    I just wanted to let you know that many people up here in northern Virginia are praying for you. A friend of mine just responded to my prayer request and told me that they prayed for you in Lourdes last week. They had your picture with them on their pilgrimage with the Knights of Malta.

    You keep fighting and we’ll keep praying!
    Viva Cristo Rey!!!
    Jessica Garza Nichols

  192. CPM May 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    Happy Belated Birthday! Continued prayers for you every day! Stay Fierce!

  193. Nicho Vazquez May 13, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Mi familia y yo no nos cansamos de orar por usted. Un abrazo

  194. Elizabeth Jordan May 13, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    Dear Father TJ:

    My heart goes out to you, your family, your friends, the Cristo Rey community and the doctors and nurses at MD Anderson. I am so saddened by your illness and so strengthened by your faith. You are an amazing man with so many beautiful people praying for you. MD Anderson is a very special place with all the BEST and smartest doctors and nurses combining their collective brains to make sure that you are cared for in the most up to date and best way possible.

    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers always. We are praying for a miracle and know that God is with you now and forever.

    Jennifer Jordan’s Mom,
    Elizabeth Jordan

  195. Mimi Holt May 12, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    Happy belated birthday! I hate the idea of planning yet another audit without you. Gallivanting in Africa during the last audit and fighting cancer dragons this year. Just another adventure in the life of a supernatural hero. I miss you. All my love and prayers. Mimi

  196. meme garza May 12, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    hey TJ,
    Just remember this…we aren’t just bloodhounds……we are FIGHTING BLOODHOUNDS!!! Keep up your great spirit….you are in my heart every second of the day….TAILGATERS FOREVER….


  197. Anne Gorman May 10, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    Dear Father TJ,

    Four years ago you bestowed the sacrament of First Holy Communion to my daughter Maggie Musgrove and her classmates from St. Catherine’s Montessori. Your inclusion of them at the table while the gifts were prepared sparked a love of the Eucharist in her and reignited a strong renewal in me. Thank you for your infectious love of the Lord, your example is a light for us all. We pray for your complete recovery and bionic
    strength on the especially tough days. Happy Birthday!

  198. Cecilia Strubelt Moody May 10, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    A blessed and “Happy Birthday” TJ. You have been in my heart, thoughts and prayers with Blessed Miguel Pro’s prayers & novenas; uplifting to God and his Blessed Mother.since I learned of your illness.

    “Listen to our prayers for Fr. TJ; help him in his needs; save him from every danger, glorious Blessed Virgin Mary.”

    I believe in “Miracles”.

    Viva Cristo Rey! Viva El Padre Con Botas!

    Love ~n~ Prayers
    Ed & Cecy Moody

    We are each of us ~A~angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.

    ………………………..Luciano De Crescenzo

  199. Stella Filizola May 10, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    TJ. Happy Birthday – thinking of you every day!

  200. Colleen May 10, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    I come to this site daily to check on you. Today I find that it is YOUR BIRTHDAY!!! If you remember, I spent my last birthday (and Polly’s) with you 🙂 and YOU made it a very special day. You have a gift for making things very special! Thank you for sharing your gift. Happy birthday precious friend! You make this day special, simply because it is your day. You are always on our hearts and in our thoughts and we pray for you without ceasing. We miss you and we love you (and we are ready to eat a hamburger!).
    Always in Him –

  201. Maria Elena Doskey May 10, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Happy Birthday to a Mothers Day Baby from the mother of a Mothers Day Baby. I can’t begin to thank you for all you have done and been to my Mothers Day baby. There is a big place in his heart that is all yours.

    My prayers are with you, every day every night. Although sometimes it seems to us that praying is not really the most that we can do for someone, I believe that you, of all people, know that it is indeed the greatest gift that we can give. Even the darkest night of the soul is followed by the dawn of Resurrection.

    Beato Miguel Pro, ruega por nosotros. ¡Viva Cristo Rey! ¡Sí, qué viva!

  202. Carol Beck May 10, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Happy Birthday Sweet Friend!!! Many of us are still ‘Walking with TJ’, even after Easter.
    Burger places with slower sales may go out of business soon….
    Keeping you in our prayers!!! Huge Beck HUG!!!

  203. Kellie Schlosberg May 9, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    Fr. T.J. I am a friend of Christy your cousin and our family have been praying for you. I also have got all our prayers at Holy Family Catholic Church in Fort Worth praying to Blsd. Miguel Pro on your behalf. Sunday I will travel to Spain to walk the El Camino for 11 days, you will walk with me in my prayers. May Our good Lord continue to work through you. Those who suffer are so close to God, may he continue to use you for HIS glory. Love, prayers and blessings. Kellie Schlosberg

  204. Adriana Garza Read May 9, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    Feliz Cumpleanos TJ! Sigo pidiendole a Miguel Pro y la Virgen de Guadalupe para que intercedan y te cures del todo. Besos con mucho carino, Adriana

  205. John Olson May 9, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    Happy Birthday T.J.! I wish you well and you are in my prayers. Love your cousin, John Olson

  206. Ditta Family May 8, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

    A little message to remind you that you we think of you and pray for the restoration of your health everyday. Luigi and I have kept our bracelets from your healing mass on our wrists since that day.
    Love you so much,

  207. Joyce Frassanito May 7, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    My Donne Di Domani sisters and myself pray that the Grace of your gifts to Cristo Rey, ourselves , and all you have touched will continue to come back to you 12 fold. You are much loved.

    Joyce Frassanito

  208. Lillian Cardenas (Cardenas Family) May 7, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    Dearest Father TJ,

    Sofia our little one is delivering your prayer this Friday at mass
    (St Thomas More). We pray you will be strong again and your are
    in our prayers every Sunday at Mass:)

    Viva Cristo Rey!

    Lillian, Rober and Sofia Cardenas

  209. Starr and Billy Zaleski May 7, 2014 at 1:07 am #

    Sending a wink your way. You continue to be in our prayers, in our hearts and in our thoughts. We miss seeing you! Viva Cristo Rey Jesuit! Viva Father TJ Martinez, SJ:)
    Starr, Billy, Will Cate and Caroline

  210. Mike Martinez May 7, 2014 at 12:13 am #

    I am sorry to hear this news…..You are in my prayers and I hope you recover soon. Best wishes to you!

    Mike Martinez – “87 – Dallas Jesuit

  211. Ryan Brown May 6, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

    TJ aka TJSJ aka MTZ aka Papa Bear

    Thinking about you daily while you are actively engaged in this fight. From Dallas to Boston to Houston, I know I followed the right guy around (not just hoping for free food), and I see the impact you have made everywhere you have been. You mean more to me than you will ever know. You have made me, along with hundreds of my Dallas Jesuit brothers, a better man and I cannot thank you enough for it. What you have done over the past few years at Cristo Rey is nothing short of spectacular (dare I say… miraculous?), and continues to inspire me to ask, “What can I do? How can I be more like TJ?” Not to mention that while being inspiring, exceptional, and all-heavenly, you have been humble, hilarious and my friend. You got jokes. You rock the hell out of belt buckles and cowboy boots. You make grey hair look cool (just kidding).

    So my friend, good thoughts and prayers coming your way from Music City. Stay strong, stay fierce, stay classy!

    Ryan aka Baby Bear

  212. Matt Upton May 6, 2014 at 3:11 pm #


    Sending you all of my love, thoughts and prayers from New Orleans. You have been such an inspiration to me, and so many others. I know your strength and faith will pull you through this time of need. Rest up, save your strength, and lets kick this stuff to the curb for good! We are all in this fight with you. You will never walk alone.

  213. Bob Sherwood May 6, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    Dear TJ,SJ
    I want you to know that all of us in Alumni Relations and Student Affairs at Boston College have you in our prayers. I found an old letter that I had sent to you when you were about to graduate with your Law degree and enter the Society of Jesus. All of us were so happy and proud of you and were eagerly waiting for you to become the next President of BC! You have accomplished so much in your professional life at Cristo Rey, and touched the lives of so many students and families. I’m sure that you still have many wonderful gifts to share with your flock. I am so sad that you have such a difficult road to travel to get to your next mission. But I have faith that you will make it in good time.
    With much love,
    (Former Dean) Bob Sherwood

  214. Kitty and James Wilson May 6, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Dear TJ –

    Just wanted to let you know that you have remained in our thoughts and prayers ever since we heard of your illness. May the Good Lord keep you strong as you continue your treatment. May His Holy Spirit guide your medical team in your treatment(s). We join in the prayers for the intercession of Blessed Miguel Pro for the miracle of your healing!!

    Peace, blessings and much love!!

    Kitty and James

  215. Jean Chisser May 6, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

    Dear TJ – just wanted to let you know that all of us here at Boston College Alumni Association continue to think of you and we are sending positive thoughts and healing energy your way, and we are praying for your return to good health!

  216. The Brown Family May 6, 2014 at 1:22 pm #


    You know how much all of us in the Brown family love you, as do so many in so many families in Dallas and Houston. We are keeping up with the updates and praying the novena daily. I myself pray for your recovery several times a day,

    We’ve had so many fun times with you and pray for more! We remember all those visits in Boston when Ryan was at BC. You were always so gracious and hospitable. We smile when we think of those great times. You’ve been an incredible mentor to Ryan but also an inspiration to us. We’re always amazed by your energy and focus. Your accomplishment with Cristo Rey Jesuit is huge. We loved being at the gala last year and are so proud of your graduating classes.

    Continue to fight fiercely, our friend, and may our thousands upon thousands of prayers be answered!!

    With much love,
    Milo Brown, and for Nancy, Ryan, and Laura

  217. Janet Holmes May 6, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    I reflect on my years of employment with Dallas Jesuit’s counseling department with great fondness. I will always remember your enthusiasm,contagious smile, boundless energy, love for the students and the jokes we shared.
    God is watching over you; may peace be with you today and tomorrow.
    Praying for you my friend.

  218. Dana DeAngelis May 6, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    All of our love and prayers Father TJ. You are in our constant thoughts!
    Your friends at Auction Source.

  219. Tom Turnage, Catherine Donahue, Thomas & Joseph May 6, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    Our Dear Friend,
    You have been such an inspiration and mentor to all of us. You have shared our happy times and sad times. You have been there when each of us has had trials. Your never-ending support is much appreciated. I recall with fondness our conversations in Boston as you were preparing for the next phase of your journey with Christ.

    We are praying that our Lord sends a Legion of Angels to you, your family and your care team. We do not always know the reasons for the challenges we are confronted with but we do know that God hears our prayers. So, dear friend, may God send His Angels to rest upon your shoulders, comfort your family and friends and guide your healthcare team. Know that you are in our prayers. With much love,
    Tom, Catherine, Thomas and Joseph

  220. Jorge Guzman May 6, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    Father TJ,

    I will make sure you and your family are lifted in prayer during the St. Vincent de Paul Men’s ACTS Retreat this weekend.

  221. Carolyn Baker May 5, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    Hey Father TJ,

    You know I want you to head our church one day! Ahhh, Pope TJ would fit you nicely. So get that strength back and finish all that’s necessary to get you back with us and among all of those who love you dearly. Along with the rest of Houston, you are in my prayers…..I have spoken often to Blessed Miguel Pro and I was not even aware of the man. I’m sure he is hearing the throngs of people who are lifting you up in our daily prayers. We will take that miracle any time. God bless you my beloved friend.

  222. Kathy Kurtz May 3, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    What an army of love you have supporting you Father TJ !! We will continue to pray for your strength and recovery! Looking forward to seeing you very soon!

  223. Matthew May 2, 2014 at 9:55 pm #


    I have recently visited your school for an interview and have seen your passion through the videos posted on the web page. I am very impressed by what Cristo Rey Jesuit is doing for Houston, but also to uphold Jesuit values and ideals in education. I too have a similar passion in education as you do.

    No te conozco personalmente pero te conocí un poco por los videos puestos en el sitio web. Estamos rezando por ti y ojalá que te mejores pronto. Todavía sigue luchando!

    Tu amigo no conocido,


  224. Katy Hays May 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm #


    We have entered our birthday month! I choose to look forward to many celebrations with optimism and faith. I pray for you daily.

    Much love, Katy

  225. Marilu Garza May 2, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    Mi querido TJ,

    You continue to be at the top of my prayer list….I have been in your shoes and realize how difficult the battle is…but the rewards are so great….so just remember….this too shall pass….sometimes not fast enough but it will get better….I lived on anti nausea drugs and te de manzanilla….just like my grandmother would give us….I even had a curandera come by…whatever it took chiquito! I will continue to keep you close to my heart and in my prayers…..te adoro!

    Marilu Garza

  226. Bill McEvoy and family May 1, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    We have been praying for your full recovery. You have a multitude of people praying for you in the Dallas area. I don’t know if you have had any contact with Matt, but he is very concerned and praying for you. He is in Austin doing his rotations. I know an email would mean the world to him ( Let me know when you get to have visitors and I will bring you one of those turnpike rest stop hot dogs that have been cooking all night even though I think it is your turn to buy. We love you and will keep praying for your complete recovery, because in our family we do know that miracles are possible.

    Bill, Jean, Jennifer and Matt McEvoy

  227. Familia Gonzalez April 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    Querido Padre Martinez.-

    Solo quiero decirle que mi familia y yo lo mantenemos en nuestras oraciones y todos los días le pedimos a Dios por su sanación le pido mucho al Santísimo por su divina misericordia y que nos conceda el milagro de tenerlo lo mas pronto posible sano en nuestra escuela, Padre porfavor no se rinda siga luchando que la comunidad de Cristo Rey lo necesita, un fuerte abrazo desde lo mas profundo de mi corazón mucha fuerza fe y esperanza, lo queremos Padre. 🙂

  228. Marilyn Spradling April 30, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

    Dear Fr. TJ
    I am praying you will receive a miracle healing through the intercession of beloved Bl. Miguel Pro – all things are possible for God – many are praying for your recovery through these days. You still have unfinished work on earth!
    Peace & prayers,

  229. Crath Family April 30, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    Hi Fr. T J
    We are praying for you daily and trusting in God ‘s full provision for your recovery. You are fierce and you have an army of prayer warriors behind you interceding on your behalf. I hope you will meet Dr Lorenzo Cohen at M D Anderson who will be a great resource for you as you move through your various treatments and begin your healing journey. Blessings and hugs!!!

  230. Cd in DC April 30, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    good luck with the treatment, i know you are in good hands with MD Anderson, i hope you are well and know that you have helped others. as for me, i think you are far too “fierce” to lose so hang in there.

  231. Jono April 30, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    stay strong tjsj! much love and prayers from new orleans!!!

  232. Whitney Easterling April 29, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    Father TJ!

    You have been heavy on my heart since I heard of your diagnosis. I know there’s a tough road ahead but have no doubt that Jesus has you in the palm of His hand. Times of suffering are not times we look forward to but we, as believers, can trust that God has a good and holy purpose for everything that happens in our broken world. My prayer for you is firstly healing, as we have a mighty God who’s abilities and power are beyond our comprehension…but also that God’s grace and comfort would be all the more tangible for you in this time. He is the greatest comforter of all, so I whole heatedly pray that you feel His presence in every step of this journey but especially in the hardest moments.

    You are loved by so many and are an incredible servant of Christ.

    Love you and praying for you often!!

    Whitney Easterling

  233. Sally Easterling April 29, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    Dear Fr. TJ, we were saddened to hear your diagnosis and the fight you have before you. Undoubtedly the optimism and energy you have brought to everything in your life will hold you in good stead now. We first heard of your illness after seeing your name on the St. Martin’s continuing prayer list. Now in addition to your loving Catholic family, the Episcopalians are lifting you up in prayer to our Lord. We look forward to reading of your return to health. We love you. Sally and Jim

  234. Sally Easterling April 29, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    Dear TJ, We were saddened to learn of the fight you have before you but heartened knowing what a fighter you are. First heard you were in need of extra special prayers upon seeing your name on the St. Martin’s continuing prayer list. So in addition to your community of Catholics praying for you, the Episcopalians are doing so as well! Surely, as your name is lifted up to our Lord, you are held in His embrace. We love you and look forward to reading of your progress to health and well being. Fondly, Sally and Jim

  235. Michael Posoli April 28, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

    Dear Father TJ, I hope you recover quickly. You have been in my prayers. I pray for you every night and I make a prayer request for you in my religion class. I’m looking forward to the next time we can have Cuban food together. I love that because you make me laugh and I have fun with you.
    Michael Posoli

  236. Janice & John M. Carrabba April 28, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    Dearest Father T.J.,

    Our thoughts and prayers remain with you. You have touched so many of our lives and we pray for restored health. Let us be the pillars of strength for you during this time. God has so much more for you to do and we can’t wait to get you back on your feet to continue your journey. You CAN DO THIS!

    Trust in the LORD with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
    in all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will direct your paths.

    Proverbs 3, 5-6

    Love you,

    Janice & Johnny Carrabba

  237. Hilda Gomez April 27, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    Daily prayers and thoughts of you TJ.
    Stay strong and Fierce!

    Much love. Hilda and Robert

  238. Theresa Attwell April 27, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    Thinking of you, TJ. Much love and prayers.

  239. Deacon Leonard Paul Lockett, Vicar for Catholics of African Descent, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston April 27, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    My dear Father T.J.,
    Please be assured you, your family and the Society are always in my thought and prayers.
    I will be writing to all our pastors within the Black Apostolate and requesting that your name be included in their Prayers of the Faithful.
    Keep the Faith and your Texas boots and buckles on.
    Deacon Leonard Paul Lockett

  240. Judy and Dale Clemments April 26, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    Father Martinez,

    Praying for you. We remember the first time we met you at Jesuit Dallas for Austin’s parent teacher conference. We were your last conference of the night and we were so impressed with the enthusiasm and passion you have for your students. You truly have one of the biggest smiles I have ever seen. We were also, honored and proud to attend your ordination in New Orleans. You will always be one of our family’s favorites. We love you and pray for a speedy recovery.
    God Bless You!

  241. Ana Gomez April 25, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

    T.J. ,

    You remain in my thoughts and prayers everyday! May the Lord continue to give you ALL the strength you need. Stay strong. May Blessed Miguel Pro and the entire communion of saints intercede for you!

    Viva Cristo Rey!


  242. Benitez Fanily April 25, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    Padre Martinez lo adoramos con toda el alma basta ver su sonrisa, su fuerza, su fortaleza y su increible fe en dios para nosotros seguir luchando con usted. Fuerte fuerte abrazo de Natalie Benitez y toda la familia Benitez.

  243. Louie Arceneaux April 25, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    TJ, so sorry to hear of your illness. My prayers are with you for a miraculous recovery.Have fond memories of our time together in Grand Coteau. May the risen Lord give you hope and healing and peace!

  244. Joanie Stephens April 25, 2014 at 10:05 am #

    Dear TJ,

    So many prayers are being lifted up for you! I hope you are overwhelmed with the impact you have on our community. May your days be filled with blessings.

  245. Grace Givens April 24, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    Dear Father TJ, Among all the others, I am praying for you. I have a streak of insomnia and so it is in the middle of each night, when I awaken, that I spend some time with Blessed Miguile Pro, telling him how very important you are to our community and to our world and pleading with him to plead your case to God. Though we have met only a few times, it has been my utmost pleasure to serve as cantor when you have presided. You made a lasting impression on my and all those around you. Fr. TJ, we need you. Please get well.

    Grace Givens

  246. Barbara daily April 24, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    Fr. T.J.

    When I fought cancer I said “its my turn” and turned it over to God as I know you have. After fighting it as I know you wil, My life has been better than before just like God promises.

    i was so honored to fix you dinner and welcome you to Houston and will always cherish that evening of excitement to begin Cristo Rey.

    I think you just need a good hamburger !!

    Special prayers and waiting to see that miracle

    Love and hugs,


  247. tippy stuart April 24, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    my prayers are with you ( and with your family) as you walk this journey..i shall never forget the day that Fr Jim Martin SJ, you, and i were at the prayer breakfast …two notable clergymen( who shall remain anonymous) said that we had enough energy to light up a room.. did they mean we were hyper?? heaven forfend!! now that same electrifying, magnetic energy of yours will,i know, help you as you focus on beating this cancer…with Christ,His Blessed Mother,St,Ignatius Loyola,Blessed Miguel Pro,SJ ..and so many people praying for you..the victory is yours….from my heart to yours…love, peace and God bless you….you ROCK..

  248. Kate Gerne April 24, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

    Hi Teej,

    It’s Kate, your friend and classmate from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. You have been in my thoughts and prayers! My heart broke when I heard that you were sick, but I know what an incredible Spirit you have and I am confident that thousands of people are praying for you!!!

    I’ve been so impressed by the great work you’ve been doing since we’ve graduated! You truly are an amazing and remarkable human-being. Fear not, Cardinal Martinez; just kick this cancer to the curb! Shine on and STAY in touch;)!

    Love you, friend!

  249. Andrea Webb with Chase Bank April 24, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    Father TJ,

    You and your family are in my prayers! The bracelet I received at the prayer service has been a wonderful reminder to pray for you and others on a daily basis.

    You are one of the most positive and energetic people I’ve ever met. Your energy, strength and positive attitude are so inspirational. I pray that you will be healed so that you may continue to be a blessing to others.

    James 5:14-15 KJV
    14 Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

    15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

  250. Claudia Olvera Kobs April 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    Dearest Father TJ
    We pray for you and all your family daily. I know how difficult this is to bear but in God’s hands, we are all able. I was so happy to reconnect with you when you came to Houston and am amazed with all you have done & to all the lives you have touched. You are truly a vessel of God’s goodness and faith, and we pray that you overcome this illness to continue your work. In times of trouble and hard times, I repeat the Serenity Prayer and carry it with me at all times. I pass this onto you & your family as well.
    “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Garrett and I, plus our children Adam & Laura, keep you close to our hearts as we pray for a speedy recovery. Besos y Abrazos dear TJ.

  251. John Feudo April 24, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    My dear, dear friend,

    Your family in Chestnut Hill–with its extensions all over the world–will continue to pray for your good health. The Lord smiles on those who smile back, and no one has a bigger, more contagious smile than you. He will watch over you every day, and we pray that He delivers you strength so that smile can continue to shine.

  252. Lynn Reznicek April 24, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Father T.J.,

    You are in our daily thoughts and prayers. Your strength and faith will forever be an inspiration to all of us who are lucky enough to know you.

    Wishing you all the best as you fight this disease.

    Love, hugs and prayers,

    Lynn Reznicek & Family

  253. The Hurley Family April 22, 2014 at 4:39 pm #


    We are praying for you and yes, cheering for you to win your battle against this awful disease. If it would help, I think I still have that pair of neon yellow soccer cleats. Rumor has it that you can beat anything with those cleats, such as a well deserved red card. If you can get out of a red card, it certainly has to help with cancer treatments.

    We all love you,

    Ed, Susan, Kate, Chris, and of course, John the Lightning Rod Hurley

  254. Ava Mendenhall April 21, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

    Dear Father TJ,
    I’ve only met once, but I feel like I’ve known you for a very long time. I hope you are better soon!
    Age 9

  255. Jake Mendenhall April 21, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    Dear Father TJ,
    I’m sorry that you’re very, very sick. I pray for you every night. I can’t wait until you are better!
    Age 7

  256. Eduardo Trevino April 21, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    Dear Father,

    Dallas Jesuit Class of 2004. What an amazing class, what an amazing experience. I cannot express to you the impact you had on our class. You are a great man who has done great things. You have had a big impact on my life, and as I scroll down through the messages left here, it is clear that you have an amazing gift. My family and I will pray for you and your family.

  257. Roxanne De La Torre, JVC April 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    To our dear KING OF CAMP MAG+S, Fr. Martinez,

    Sending tons of love, hugs, prayers, and positive vibes your way from the deserts of Dodoma all the way to Houston, Texas as you fight the good fight and send cancer packing! The students miss you very, very much, and are all sending their prayers and well wishes. Greetings also from the Jesuit Community, especially from Fr. James Ayaga, SJ and Henry Karanja, SJ…they send their love and promises of daily prayers in your name.

    Know that all of us at St. Peter Claver High School are with you 110% every day….TUPO PAMOJA as we say in Swahili…WE ARE TOGETHER.

    We Love You, Fr. Martinez.


    Pax Christi,
    Roxanne De La Torre
    Jesuit Volunteer
    St. Peter Claver High School
    Dodoma, Tanzania


  258. Julia Tully April 21, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    Hi Father TJ,

    I just wanted to let you know that we’re sending prayers from Philadelphia! My year at CRJ as a JV taught me so much about what service and love really mean, and watching you lead and love the students inspired me to pursue work in education. You’ve inspired me to run Broad Street in Philadelphia to raise money for the American Cancer Society! Please know that I’m praying for you and the whole CRJ community. You have done impossible things before, and I have every confidence that you can do it again.
    Julia Tully

  259. Marie Perez April 21, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    Dear Father Martinez:

    I was saddened to hear about your illness. In my mind you will always be the energizer bunny, never stopping always moving. I claim healing for you because you are so needed in this world! God will hear us!

    God Bless you, you are in my prayers daily.

  260. miller arge April 20, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    Dear Father TJ,
    Do not tell God how big your storm is, just
    Tell the storm how GREAT OUR GOD IS!!!!!!!!!!

    In Constant prayers and lots of love,

    Ms. Miller

  261. Carlos Hernandez, Jr. April 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    Dear Father, I called a friend of mine, Father Peter Mary Rookey, O.S.M.
    and asked him to pray for you. He is 96 years of age and lives in Chicago
    at Our Lady Of Sorrows. I met him here in Sugar Land in 1997 as he was
    holding a Healing Service here. When I came down with kidney cancer in
    October of 2004 I asked him to pray for me. I have been doing well since
    then. He told me that he would be praying for you as he said his Mass.
    He is of the same Order as St. Peregrine, Servants of Mary.
    Father, I have heard a lot of good things about you and I want you to
    know that I and all of my family are praying for you.
    Thank you for what you do. God Bless you Father.

  262. Kim Parsons April 18, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Fr. you are in my prayers. I feel blessed to be a part of your Miracle in Motion.

  263. Delia Hernandez April 18, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    I was forwarded a message by my ASIC, B. Hercheck. I Believe in the power of Prayer and Fr Martinez I raise you up in a very special way…..

    My God, you raise up the weakest among us for your praise and glory. Therefore we come together for Fr. Martinez. You have said, ask you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. Lord, we ask, we seek, and we knock. Mercifully attend to all of our supplications that united in prayer we will all come together into your mystical body in union for Fr. Martinez, through the intercession of Blessed Fr. Miguel Pro, SJ and give you praise and honor this miracle. My God help me to accept not my will but, Your will be done. Amen


    With all of my love,your sister in Christ,

  264. M. Avila April 18, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    Father Martinez: Do not lose the faith! I will pray for you and ask God to heal you. I lost my brother to bone cancer in May of 2013. His diagnosis was sudden-pain in April and diagnosed on May 15th. He went to be with God on May 21st. I believe in miracles…my brother had many car accidents before that and, each time, God gave him back to us-in good health. I miss my brother tremendously but I know God made many miracles before this bout with cancer. And so, yes, I will pray for you and send you a positive energy force. My brother Manuel was an Eagle Scout, strong in his Faith and a good man. I will also ask him to send you strength. May you heal to continue doing God’s work…Maria.

  265. Mike Martin April 18, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    Dearest Tj,
    I was praying on the way to school,. when the song, overcomer, was playing on the radio. I was a little down because I had not heard anything as to how you were doing. I emailed it to you with the help of Calista. I felt God had sent it to pump you up. I missed you at the Magis Awards. They were beautiful. I was so overjoyed to see Bee’s post that you were able to start your chemo treatments. I was teasing the kids in class that I would call on the big guy, your fellow community brother, Pope Francis to get the whole world praying on your behalf. I see from these posts that has already happened. Plan B is in effect! Know you are loved…Sue and Mike

  266. Beth H April 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    I don’t know you but I was made aware of your illness last night by Becca E. You are on my prayer list. I will be praying for your intentions tonight in front of the Blessed Sacrament at tonight’s Holy Hour following the Holy Thursday Mass Sts Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg, Texas. I have asked others to pray for you today. Blessed Miguel Pro – Pray for Fr. Martinez.

  267. Andrew April 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    Father Martinez-

    While you and I have never met, and are not personal friends, you are my Brother; in Christ Jesus, and I yours. When I read your story, and subsequently the messages posted here for you, I was moved to write one myself. I will pray for you and your family daily. First and foremost, asking the Lord our God to intercede and work a miracle of recovery in your life – allowing you to return to full health. Also, that the hands of our Living God be on you and your family to provide healing, comfort, and peace as you fight this battle. While I’m not terribly familiar with Jesuits, my father went to Jesuit Prep in Dallas and I believe I’ve read somewhere that Jesuits are also known as God’s Soldiers, so I ask that he send an army to your aid. Additionally, in my daily prayers on your behalf, I will ask the Father to give the doctors who treat you the wisdom that comes only from The Creator of all things. He spoke everything into existence, put you together piece by piece, and knows exactly how to heal you for He is the one who designed and created you. I pray that He works through the doctors to heal you so that you may continue to do His work here on earth before you are called Home to be with our brothers and sisters in the Kingdom of God.

    I also want to leave you with some thoughts that I hope will bring comfort to you and your family. While this diagnosis/prognosis must have been a shock to you and your family, it did not surprise God. This time may cause bewilderment and despair in you and among your family, however God will not be confused by it. This is a part of His Great Plan. Everything He does is to bring glory to His Kingdom and exalt his Great Name. I pray that He uses your miraculous recovery to do just that. Please take comfort in the fact that the Lord our God knows you, He knows your heart, He loves you, and He is carrying out His will in your life.

    Romans 8:28 says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.”

    Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble”

    and finally,

    Matthew 6:26 which says “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”

    Father, you have great value to the Kingdom of our Living God – I pray, that while I do not personally know you or your family, that my words still manage to bring you all even a little bit of comfort. I will pray for you all daily.

    With Love; Your Brother in Christ,

  268. Lilly and Markus Neubauer April 17, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    Two years ago my husband, Markus, was baptized into the church as an RCIA candidate. We might not know the beauty of this gift to our family if you had not taken the time from your incredibly busy schedule to talk with us as friends of Joe Turnage. As we prepare to baptize our new daughter in the Catholic faith, I have thought of you and how your selflessness with your time and your compassion for social issues in our world gave our family the opportunity to walk closely together in faith. We are praying the novena for you and so thankful for all of the time and passion you choose to give to others.

  269. Katie O'Brien April 17, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    TJ, SJ,

    You’re in my thoughts and prayers daily. From Dallas to BC and back home to Texas, you’ve made an indelible mark on our lives and on so many others. Thank you for your friendship over the years. Patrick and I wear our Cristo Rey colors (and tie!) with pride.

    with love,
    Katie Schermerhorn O’Brien

  270. Angela Kirke April 17, 2014 at 8:22 am #


    Fr. Martinez,

    I want you to know that you will be in my prayers and I will be asking for the intercession of Blessed Miguel Pro. What you have started in opening this school is a grace beyond words and I commend you on such an achievement to help the youth of this world. Praise be Jesus for it all. I want to share that I am currently residing in Italy with my new Italian husband close to Padua. We were married 11-24-13. Viva Cristo Rey …on Christ the King, whom is the head our our household. And felt Jesus telling us to be married on this date last year….it was a blessed ceremony in Italy.

    After watching the movie, we were both touched by the lives that were lost for our beautiful faith and the courage, strength, and fortitude it took for all those who stood for Christ the King!

    In this end of the Lenten season, I pray for you to have the same courage, strength, and fortitude of the soldiers of Christ. You are a soldier in Christ and this battle can be won and I pray for the Resurrection to come…in 3 days He will rise!! and you will too!

    Small sidenote… I worked at MD Anderson for a short while in the Integrative Medicine Center as a Registered Dietitian, was a huge experience for me being part of helping people to heal. You couldn’t be in a better place.

    I will pray for you and leave your name also to a dear friend of mine…Saint Antonio of Paudua! He had a role of intercession that brought me my husband after nine years of prayer. Also our Lady of Medugorje has led me down a miraculous path of grace and answered prayers and will be asking for her intercession for you too! Many prayers and graces to you. Praise be Jesus and Mary forever and Viva Cristo Rey!


    Angela Kirke

  271. Kathy Keiper April 17, 2014 at 5:45 am #

    Dear Father,
    I pray for merciful time for you. I ask God to continue to hold you lovingly in his arms and give you the strength you need to fight this disease. Please remember that attitude is a great benefactor in this disease-you have cancer but it doesn’t have you! I pray that when the right time comes for you to return home to our loving father that you have been able to complete your bucket list and will go in peace. I pray that is not for a long time to come. God Bless you and comfort you now.

  272. elizabeth nelson April 17, 2014 at 4:52 am #

    I will keep you in my prayers!

  273. Victoria Vining April 17, 2014 at 3:08 am #

    Dear Father, There was a time, due to problems that I was having, that it was thought that I too had stomach cancer. Praise God I did not — I was pregnant at the time and it would have been very bad…. As God has it, I did not have cancer, but had a very long and painful road to recovery. My problems were immune related and it was quite a puzzling and difficult journey. I feel a kindred spirit with you due to this and I will therefore, pray for you very much as will my family. Please pray for us and give us your blessing in spirit! God love you! God bless you! God keep you! Mary, dearest, be at Father’s side always! Saints and angels keep him strong! May you, dear Father, be restored to health if it is God’s will!

  274. John Prejean April 16, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    Fr. Martinez, know that I will be saying the Novena to Bl. Miguel Pro to intercede for you to our Father. May Gid continue to bless and keep you. Viva Cristo Rey!

  275. Teresa Moore April 16, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    Please intercede Blessed Miguel Pro, SJ, to the Holy Father in the healing of his Servant T.J. Martinez, SJ, who still has work left to do in your name. Amen.

    Will continue to say this Prayer every day for you Father.

  276. Jonathan Acevedo April 16, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    Father Martinez, SJ

    I am not sure how significant this following memory was to your life, but it was the first instance that came to mind when I heard this terrible news. I was an altar server at Strake Jesuit and Saint Anne Catholic Church. I was the sexton at a wedding at which you presided. I distinctly remember this wedding because I made the error of flipping the audio switch in the main box, a mistake I never made before or after, and for the first minute of the wedding, you had to shout without the use of the mic. As a lively and caring individual, this task meant no practical challenge for you. Throughout the entire church, your voice resonated with excitement and joy over the couple’s completion of Holy Matrimony. I felt terribly about making this fault, but your loving personality and exuberant spirit made up for my flaw, and the mass commenced incredibly well.

    You also presided over a few other masses that I served at which were not weddings, and your contagious ecstasy that you emitted over the thrill of administering the sacraments and presiding over mass always got to me.

    When I think of joyous individuals, you are often one of the first people who come to my mind. I pray that the estimation is inaccurate because losing your presence in the lives of the Cristo Rey students and the Houston Catholic community at large would be a great disservice. The kindness and gifts you offer are not often paralleled. I feel honored to have had these experiences with you, I hope they bring you the same joy they bring me, and I wish with all of my heart for a miraculous recovery.

    Jonathan Acevedo UChicago ’17, Strake Jesuit ’13, St. Anne Catholic School ’09

  277. Jonathan Acevedo April 16, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    Father Martinez, SJ

    I am not sure how significant this following memory was in your life, but it was the first instance that came to mind when I heard this terrible news. I was an altar at Strake Jesuit and Saint Anne Catholic Church. I was the sexton at a wedding at which you presided. I distinctly remember this wedding because I made the error of flipping the audio switch in the main box, an mistake I never made before or after, and for the first minute of the wedding, you had to shout without the use of the mic. As a lively and caring individual, this task meant no practical challenge for you. Throughout the entire church, your voice resonated with excitement and joy over the couple’s completion of Holy Matrimony. I felt terribly about making this fault, but your loving personality and exuberant spirit made up for my flaw, and the mass commenced incredibly well.

    You also presided over a few other masses that I served at which were not weddings, and your contagious ecstasy that you emitted over the thrill of administering the sacraments and presiding over mass always got to me.

    When I think of joyous individuals, you are often one of the first people who come to my mind. I pray that the estimation is inaccurate because losing your presence in the lives of the Cristo Rey students and the Houston Catholic community at large would be a great disservice. The kindness and gifts you offer are not often paralleled. I feel honored to have had these experiences with you, I hope they bring you the same joy they bring me, and I wish with all of my heart for a miraculous recovery.

    Jonathan Acevedo UChicago ’17, Strake Jesuit ’13, St. Anne Catholic School ’09

  278. Harrison Erb April 16, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

    Father Martinez, Sj,
    I do not know you, but I know the work of a Jesuit is an important one. I attended a Jesuit High School in Colorado by the name Regis Jesuit. I know the good work that the Jesuits do, especially in education. I believe that education is key for all people and I am very proud of the work that you have done in setting up a Jesuit institution of education. My prayers are with you and I pray that you have peace in this time. May you be happy, May you be heathy, and May you be at Peace! Viva Cristo Rey!!

  279. Geralynn April 16, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    Dearest Father, As I lay here in my own colon cancer recovery, I saw your story on Facebook and was moved to tears for you. I started the novena to Blessed Pro as I know God listens to our prayers. 17 years ago, i was told my fourth stage colon cancer would give me… Maybe 1-2 years but I had a total recovery (which I call a reprieve) until recently ….but this time I think it is caught early. Please know that God has a great love for you and will be with you in every moment of this journey. God bless you.

  280. Chris April 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    You are in my thoughts and prayers, sir.

  281. L. Jularbal April 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    Father God our heavenly Physician please touch and heal Father TJ Martinez. Amen.

  282. L. Jularbal April 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    Father God our heavenly Physician please touch and heal Father TJ Martinez. Praying for his speedy recovery.

  283. Hunter Veirs April 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    Father Martinez,

    Just wanted to say what a fantastic person you are. I wish you the best. You truly are great role model and I know that you will continue to do big and wonderful things. I still remember when you said that I was “great person” at Jesuit. I was not expecting it and frankly was shocked. You may or may not have known it, but it was exactly what I needed at that moment of my life. I’ve always cherished it.

    A sincere thank you.


  284. Tom Padgett '82 April 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    Dear Father TJ,

    I am praying for you. From the first moment you bounced into my life, I knew you were special. Thank you for everything that you have done.

    Viva Cristo Rey Jesuit!

    God bless and keep you!


  285. Janet Horton April 16, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

    Dear Padre, I am heading to Mayo Clinic for help with my own stomach. I have been advised to pray a daily affirmation of God’s healing action AS IF IT WERE ALREADY COMPLETE. Here it is. “I am healthy. I am happy. I am at peace in the loving embrace of God’s grace.” As we cling to Him, we know that God’s divine Love is filling us to overflowing, and wherever He carries us He will use our joys and sufferings to touch as many lives as possible with pure healing love. So I hope you will join me in this this proclamation. Whatever may happen to our bodies’ God’s love heals ALL. Amem!

  286. Julie Escalante Ortiz April 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    My Dear Father TJ, I am so saddened by this news. I still remember you pointing to my door each time you passed my Theology classroom, as you read-out the sticker to all those CEOs which said, “We Love Our Priest!” I will never forget the connection we had on our Staff Retreat – when I shared a beautiful story of my husband and how God, through His loving Providence, divinely guided me to marry him so young, and we quickly had 3 small babies…how could anyone know that after I shared that story, a few weeks later my husband would be tragically killed. But you were there. You were there for me and came to visit me in my home, despite your busy schedule, and that has touched my heart and uplifted my faith ever since, THANK YOU! I am storming heaven for your recovery and beseeching Blessed Miguel Pro for prayers. I will continue to keep you close to my heart and my children and I will offer every sacrifice on your behalf. Our Mother is with you. I love you, Julie Ortiz.

  287. Christopher April 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Dear Father Martinez,

    In the end, it is all about LOVE.
    Jesus loves you… you are his beloved.

    May you encounter his love and experience his grace always… and in all things.

    Sincerely yours,


  288. Jacob Rangel April 16, 2014 April 16, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    Father T.J.

    My wife Celeste and I are praying for your recovery and we have your name listed in our church prayer list. My wife and I both had cancer, she in 2007 and I in 2011. If we didn’t have God in our lives when the doctor informed us that we were diagnose with cancer, we both would have been very frighten about the illness that we had. We both have always had trust and faith in God and we knew that God was going to heal us in His time. Prayers are very powerful to all who believe and have trust and faith in God. I had the privilege to meet you back in 2010 when my company was invited to meet with the students who were going to work at our office for that school year. I also had the privilege to meet Brandice Pierre and Dan Walsh; who I still keep in touch with, and who are very nice people.
    Keep a positive attitude and always keep the trust and faith in God.
    I work for Ensco International in the Galleria area.

    Many blessings and God bless!
    Jacob Rangel

  289. Kenny Halloran April 16, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    Father Martinez,

    It has been 10 years since you were my Dallas Jesuit senior retreat leader. Every few years I stumble across the notes I took during those few days and feel that it could have been last week.
    Thank you for being a role model to countless young men.
    You and yours are in my thoughts.

    One Love,
    Kenny Halloran

  290. Benjamin Warren April 16, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    My dearest and only Father:

    Hoping my message reaches you, and wanting you to know that I think of you every day and use my prayers to ask for devine intervention on behalf of a human spirit that is the positive reflection of all good things in the word humanity. I pray that the Lord will walk with you and successfully carry you through and beyond the treacherous road that you are walking just now. Know that I greatly miss your messages and communications in person and via Email, but also know that I fully understand and picture you just the same as jumping out of my computer screen with bright thoughts whatever they maybe. Be well my dear friend.


  291. Judge Linda Yanez April 16, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    My dearest TJ, you will be in my prayers and those of your countless friends and admirers. I personally know of case after case of such dire news and great outcomes. We will be with you on your journey. I’ll be in Houston for Easter, leaving this evening, if I can do anything please let me know. I just lost my grandson, Regi’s son in January and 2 days later Amparo had a baby girl, it was all so surreal. I know you are going to receive healing. Muchos abrazos.

  292. Tim Muldoon April 16, 2014 at 10:44 am #


    Prayers from one of your BC classmates, now here in University Mission and Ministry at the Heights. We’re all asking our brother Miguel Pro to stay close with you. God is in all things!

  293. SK Raymond James Midian-Deputy Grand Knight of the Del Rosa Council in California. April 16, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    A little over a year ago my sister, brother in law and I went to a Fr Fernando Suarez Catholic healing Mass and we were healed of various ailments. My family took me and they were not expecting healing because the trip was for me soley and God healed them also.

    God is a wonderful loving God and God acts through love and because of Love.

    Please give the following video and information to Fr. T.J. Martinez

    That is a healing prayer.

    This is the website with Fr. Fernando Suarez’s schedule.

    Please, please tell Fr. T.J. Martinez! It is not over until it is over! God bless Fr. T.J Martinez with a miracle!

  294. Northwoods Catholic School April 16, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    Dear Fr TJ,

    Northwoods Catholic School in Spring, Texas will offer Mass for you on Friday, May 2. We know that if this illness is God’s will is for you, it will be the best way for you to glorify Him and to save souls. As a Jesuit, we are aware that the glory of God and the salvation of souls is the driving force of your life. But also know that the 8th graders will be present at the canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII and will ask both saints to intercede for a miraculous healing for you. We will also pray for the gifts of fortitude and piety so that you will have the grace to offer your illness for the Church and Catholic education here in Galveston-Houston. God Bless you, the students and staff of Northwoods Catholic School.

  295. Nnenna April 16, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    Dear Fr. T.J,
    I am truly touched by the inspiring massages friends, relatives and associates left on this page. I may not know you in person and have never met you but the impact you have made on the lives of the people around you is touching. I am glad God have used you to bring joy, peace and fulfilment to people. I am even more glad that he has used you to bring back souls to the fold. Stomach cancer is a terrible disease by human standards but WITH GOD it is a peck of dust that can be blown away. I strongly believe that HE who is in You knows the best for you. There is nothing he cannot do. NEVER GIVE UP. HE will always take care of you.

    Remain Blessed!


  296. Jackson Klein April 16, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    Father T.J.

    Although we never formed a relationship on a personal level, you still impacted my faith in a great way. You are a charismatic speaker with a tremendous will and drive to serve God. I remember seeing you every morning in the Strake Jesuit weight room working out, and I always wondered how you still found time to do that with all of your commitments at Cristo Rey. One thing that resonated with me after all of our brief encounters was that you always had a smile on your face. No matter what may have been going on, you just put your trust in Christ that it would all work out. Know that my family and I are praying for you in this tough time.


    Strake Jesuit Class of 2013

  297. Don & Bernice Cheramie April 16, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    Dear Father T. J. ,
    You are in our Prayers. I am a survivor of Stage 4 Melanoma for seven years. I received treatment at MDACC. Initially, the doctors gave me a 25% survival rate. Although, the Prayers from many people were answered, ” I am still around.” The doctors were amazed at my recovery. My wife is a survivor of colon cancer for thirty years. Keep the Faith. God hears us all and answers our Prayers! We love you and will pray for you daily. Have courage and believe in the power of prayer!!

  298. Karen Kelly April 16, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    Praying that the healing hand of God, the strength of the Holy Spirit, the peace and companionship of Christ, and the intercession of our Lady will lift you mind, soul and body into his perfect purpose and your restored health.

  299. Kristy Blackmore April 16, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    Fr. T.J.,

    My prayers and thoughts are with you during this battle of your life. I am confident that you will defy all odd..much like your theme at CRJHS and what you have been doing since I met you! You are truly one of the smartest, funniest and most compassionate men I have met. I have so many fun and fond memories of working with you! Your good nature and foresight have been a beacon of hope in Houston. My Mom was diagnosed 9 years ago with cancer and was given months to live. She is still alive and I attribute that to the many many prayer she received from the Jesuits and the entire CRN community! I miss your smile and your fun loving nature. I am confident I will see you see you up and running around soon. Many prayers and blessings coming your way. With love and admiration, Kristy Blackmore

  300. George Semaan April 16, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    TJ, I remember when you first walked into Dallas Jesuit… this ball of excitement with an energy that not only followed you, but inspired those around you. We all spent our free periods in and out of your tiny office that it was amazing you got any work done. You could always find at least a few seniors in there, even when you weren’t… that’s the kind of impression you had on us. Occasionally funny, but more importantly, someone who welcomed everyone in with open arms. In those days, we looked at you as a mentor, a Man for Others, but most importantly as a friend on a journey like the rest of us. Now, we couldn’t be more proud of you, and blessed for the time we all had together. You might be a little guy, but I know you’re a fighter. I have you in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong.

    Class of 2004
    Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas

  301. Ramsey Cruz April 16, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    Father Martinez, words can not explain how i feel about you.You have made a big change in my life and my family.Evey time i would see you i would get a big hug from you and you would tell me that you were praying for me, that one day i would believe in god again. I told you that i have not been to church in over 50 years and you kept saying that you would pray for me to one day change my mind and let God in. well since the first of the year i have been to church every Sunday with my wife and kids. You were right it has made a a big difference in my life!I now see what the church can do for you and for others.My family and i will pray for you every night for you to get better! if anyone can beat this it is you, i truly believe this! right now i wish i could have one of those good hugs you give and tell you things will get better! You made a big big difference in my life and i will never forget it! get well soon and wish i could see you again soon

  302. Jason Brauninger, Sj April 16, 2014 at 7:24 am #


    You have been in my prayers often. Please know that the house of Bl. Miguel Pro, SJ at BC STM has been praying through the intercession of Miguel Pro daily for you as our dinner time prayer.

    Through the Intercession of Miguel Pro,


  303. Fr. Alberto Treviño, Jr., M.S.F. April 16, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    Fr. TJ,

    My prayers for you in this time of your personal passion. I know words cannot describe the love that I send to you my brother priest. Not only will I invoke the intercession of Blessed Miguel Pro but also our own founder Fr. John Berthier. Your brother in Jesus, Mary @ Joseph, Peace!

  304. Bro. Kenneth Hogan, FMS April 16, 2014 at 6:56 am #

    While I have never had the pleasure of meeting, I have heard wonderful stories and the most positive of comments about you. I join so many others in praying for your recovery.

    Peace, Prayers and Be Well in the arms of Jesus and His Blessed Mother.


  305. Jean and Terry Loefler April 16, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    Letting you know that our Prayers are with you today and everyday……….Waiting for a Post letting us know how you are doing………….

  306. Marcy Reynolds April 16, 2014 at 6:27 am #

    Dear Fr TJ, I am praying for your full recovery. Your name will be added to my daily prayer list. God bless you.

  307. Debi Schwartz April 16, 2014 at 6:21 am #

    Father TJ–Please know that I and my family will be praying for you as you walk this journey. God Bless.

  308. Curt April 16, 2014 at 6:08 am #

    Dear Father TJ,

    Our prayers are with you and we ask our heavenly Father that you may be healed as Juan Diego’s uncle was healed and that you may find peace under our Lady’s mantle!

  309. Cathy Stephen April 16, 2014 at 5:44 am #

    A man among Principals! Fr T J walks into a room and loghts it up. His love for the children in his care at Christo Rey is undeniable. This diagnosis and prognosis is most definitely devistating to all. And through it he continues to shine as a beacon of God’s love. Please know that we prayed for you at last night’s Chrisim Mass, led by our shepherd Cardinal DiNardo. Please accept our loving thanks for your life of service. Please know that our heart is breaking with sadness to know of your extreme pain and suffering. You are greatly loved by the people that have experienced Christ through your presence. God bless you, Fr. T J. With love, your friends at St. Rose of Lima Catholic School

  310. Teresa Exmundo April 16, 2014 at 2:07 am #

    Dear Father TJ Martinez,

    I believe in miracles! God will touch you and you will be healed! Just like what He did to me…I am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in 2001 with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia and I was given three weeks to three months to live. Because of the power of prayers and support of my family and friends, I’m still alive and cancer free! It’s 2014 and it’s been 13 years since then. God had better plans for me and I’m living the mission He wanted me to accomplish in which I was probably born to do also. I’m sure your mission is much better than mine, so hang in there, the heavens will be bombarded with prayers by many many people whom you touched, you don’t even know most of them, but they love you!

    I understand how it feels to undergo treatments, constant poking with needles, etc.. Be strong and keep on fighting your illness!

  311. Alberto Ares, sj April 16, 2014 at 12:24 am #

    Querido Toñito:

    My family still remembers your delicious “chicken and bacon” for dinner in Boston. We all are praying for you daily from Spain and we are walking with you and your family through this difficult time.

    May God send you the strength for your battle ahead. We are with you in this process!!!

    Un fuerte abrazo,

  312. Fr. Sean Raftis, S.J. April 16, 2014 at 12:21 am #

    Dear Father T.J.,

    We haven’t corresponded since our time at LUC, but I want you to know that you are in my prayers as I just heard of your health situation. You are one of the finest persons and Jesuits I’ve ever met.

    In Corde Jesu et Maria,


    Fr. Sean Raftis

  313. Clare April 16, 2014 at 12:17 am #

    Father in this Holy Week we will keep you in our prayers here in New Zealand – God is not beyond miracles – we hope you feel wrapped in the cloak of prayer and love that extends around the world as you face this difficult time. Blessings on you and your family and community.

  314. Starr and Billy Zaleski April 16, 2014 at 12:13 am #

    You and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers each day. Billy, the kids and I are so blessed to have you come into our lives. Aside from being the amazing man that you are and all that you have done for the kids and families at Cristo Rey and Dallas Jesuit, you have also been amazing at comforting our family these last four years in good times, hard times and tough times. I am sad that we did not get to spend Christmas Day with you this year. I thank you and for giving me the gift of your friendship. As crazy as it sounds, since I can not give you a hug, talk to you or see you in person, I will use this post it page to take its place until you are stronger and we can finally go to dinner and catch up and hear about your travels in Africa. At our house, when we wink at each other in public places, it is our secret way of saying I love you. We figured at some point our kids would be embarrassed to say I love you in front of their friends. I do not want to sound like some crazy lady posting on your page. Here going forward, I’m closing my post tonight with a wink, wink and after praying for strength and guidance for you with Will, Cate and Caroline, I will pray one last time by myself. Stay strong, rest and let us work hard with your prayers. Wink, Wink!

  315. Mary Lewis April 16, 2014 at 12:00 am #

    Father, I am praying for Father Miguel Pro’s intercession for you. I pray that you may be healed and for your strength and courage and unfailing faith as you go through your treatment.

  316. Angela April 15, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

    Dear Father,

    I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts for a cure and recovery.

  317. Bonnie J. April 15, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

    Father, I will pray for your cure and recovery. Thank you so much for your service to others.

  318. Michelle April 15, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

    I will pray to God and Our Holy Mother for your healing, please know that you are not alone in this battle as are one in the Catholic Church . You are doing God’s work and he has plans for your life, keep the faith.

    Praying for you in Memphis, TN.


  319. Julie in Virginia April 15, 2014 at 10:50 pm #

    Dear Fr. T.J.,

    I read about your illness on Fr. Jim Martin’s Facebook page tonight, and am praying for God to give you strength and courage. Thank you for the important work you have done with the school in Houston, a city where I lived in the late 1980s. It is obvious that you have touched many, many lives, and I hope God gives you more time to help others.


  320. Katie O'Neill April 15, 2014 at 10:42 pm #


    I am praying for you to Blessed Miguel Pro…your example of holiness and your vibrant enthusiasm serve as a source of hope and inspiration to all those around you. I pray for your school and for a miracle for your health. Viva Cristo Rey

  321. Daniel Fleming April 15, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

    Father T.J.

    You are my first impression of Dallas Jesuit. You walked down the hall, the charisma was apparent, and the audience following closely behind listening intently was a pretty easy indicator of the type of person you are. I pray that you are filled with love and strength from the many who know you, have had their lives positively affected by you, and hold you in the hearts during this difficult time. I pray for the best care for you – you are in good hands (my wife is a nurse at MD Anderson, and she sends her best as well).

    God bless,

  322. Becca Moates April 15, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    I don’t know you directly but I love everything about the Jesuit way of life as a lay member of the church! I sent up prayers for you because I know God does answer and miracles are all around! As an oncology nurse I send you many thoughts, prayers, and wishes for God’s healing through the able hands of the doctors, nurses and staff who will be with you in treatment!

  323. Elizabeth Warynick April 15, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    Dear Father….we don’t know each other but I saw your prayer request on Face Book. I am a consecrated widow who will be praying for your healing. I also have a friend who is a Capuchin Priest in California who about 5 years ago was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He was given only 3 or 5 months to live. We stormed heaven for him and I contacted Sister Briege McKenna in Ireland who has a ministry to priests. Fr. Alejandro is related to Fr. Magallanes who was a Martyr in Mexico…..I am going to contact Fr. Alejandro to pray for you too….together will all of your faithful friends we will storm heaven once again. WE NEED OUR PRIESTS!!! 5 years later Fr. Magallanes is tumor and cancer free!!! Praise God!!! JUST TRUST IN GOD and NOT AS MUCH in your doctors!!! God is the God of miracles!!! There is no place on your body that has an expiration date marked down. Only GOD knows that!!! God Bless you!!!

  324. Mary Ann Vogel April 15, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    Dear Fr. TJ-

    Please know you are in my heart and prayers. Thank you for the energy you have shown in your mission to begin the community that is now a flourishing Cristo Rey Houston! May you feel the love that comes through the prayers of so many for you to God. Please know that as you begin this journey that you “Go with God, and God goes with you!” Peace and Love be with you! Mary Ann

  325. Fr. Robert A. Busch April 15, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    TJ –
    Please be assured of my prayers and the prayers of the students and faculty of Holy Cross Catholic Academy in Amarillo. I have followed and admired your ministry in the founding of Cristo Rey Jesuit HS in Houston over the past few years and have been so inspired by what you have accomplished. May you know the healing and comforting presence of Christ!

    Fr. Robert A. Busch
    Head of School, Holy Cross Catholic Academy
    Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Amarillo

  326. Helenmarie Toto April 15, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    Fr., you are in my prayers! I had breast cancer, had surgery, chemo and radiation; doing very well. Stay strong, eat well and continue to have hope. Prayers are powerful and I believe in miracles! God bless you. From Pittsburgh, Pa.. You are in one of the hospital! 🙂

  327. Monica M Gonzalez April 15, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

    Dear TJ,
    You have inspired so many thoughts and prayers because the way in which you live your life — a life that in and of itself proclaims the gospel — has made a difference in this world. Que el manto de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe te ampara…

  328. Escobar Family April 15, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    Fr. TJ, we are always thinking of you and you are always in our prayers. We pray for your recovery and we have faith that you will be ok. On behalf of the Escobar Family, get well soon, we miss seeing your big smile at Cristo Rey! Lots of love!

    -Tu familia

  329. Marcia Walsh Hess April 15, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

    Father Matinez, I am praying for Padre Pro’s intercesssion to help you beat this illness.I read about you via Fr. James Martin, SJ and through these devoted people you have touched in your ministry. I pray that you may regain your health to continue your inspiring work.

  330. The Cameron Family April 15, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    You are in our family’s prayers. AMDG! Sending healing thoughts! Have a Blessed Holy Week.

  331. The Trevino Family April 15, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    The following made me think of Fr. TJ.

    We pray for him throughout the day.

    “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”

    I truly believe he is not aware of how great he is. He has thrust greatness upon those of us whose lives he has touched. As a community of faith, his work has made us greater still.

  332. Belinda De La Cruz April 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    Dear Father TJ:

    I have my entire family and circle of prayer warriors praying for you and lifted you up in prayer today, as the Diocese of Austin celebrated our Chrism Mass. I, especially, thought of you as our priests professed their commitment to the priesthood and to serving the Lord’s faithful. You have always served the Lord’s Kingdom with joy, faith and love and I’m confident that he still has a plan for you! So, hang in there, dear Father. You are an inspiration to us all! We love you and will continue to pray for healing and grace.

    Belinda, Michelle & Matthew De La Cruz
    Austin, Texas

  333. Maureen Miggins Swanson April 14, 2014 at 11:45 pm #

    Dearest Father TJ.
    Everything you touch is inspired.
    For the first commencement of Cristo Rey you had the vision of a processional of the faculty and VIPs to an acapella Veni Creator Spiritus, and I was the fortunate one to get to sing it. Now, we fervently pray Veni Creator Spiritus for your doctors & nurses and ask Blessed Miguel Pro to come to your aid.
    Even in your suffering, you continue to inspire, and for this we love you evermore.

  334. Haus of Kraus April 14, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    Our dear brother TJ Martinez-Kraus, we are so saddened by this news. We are praying for you and we know if anyone can defeat cancer, it is you! We love you. Jon, Kristen, Joseph, and Samuel

  335. Cynthia April 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    Blessed Abba,

    You are Jehova Rapha, the God that heals. We lift up TJ in the name Yeshua Hamashiach, Jesus Messiah, and proclaim the Name above all names as the Miracle Worker, the LORD God Almighty. “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits, Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with loving kindness and compassion” Ps 103:2-4. We pray that those surrounding TJ will speak the Living Word over him proclaiming the goodness of God continually praising His Holy Name. “Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty expanse. Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness.” Amen.

  336. Jasmine Cash-Eastman April 14, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    Father Martinez,

    Oh my goodness, what can I say? we are besties! I remember walking into CRJ freshman year thinking, How the heck am I going to do this?… and the first person I saw was this tiny priest wearing a orange scarf with red stripes! You were smiling sooo big (Like always) and I was just like, there is no way that he’s a priest! and the first pep talk you gave, my family and I were like Oh my gosh he doesn’t even need a mic!! haha. You would ALWAYS come in the café at lunch just to sit with us and talk about gossip and what not. and whenever we needed you, you were always there for us.

    Honestly, without you Father, and without you pushing for CRJ, I don’t think I would have made it this far. I got accepted to my FIRST choice of college (Texas A&M Kingsville) because of you! and whenever I told you, you didn’t even have to say anything to me, I felt the love and proudness from you just by the HUGE hug you gave me. We will ALWAYS have our smiling competitions still, and of course you will be winning! But now, it’s my turn to smile for the both of us. Yes, this is sad news but I only think of the best for you. There’s not a doubt in my mind that you won’t make it through this. You are the strongest priest I have ever met and your energy and enthusiasm can be felt from miles away. Because of you, there are students at CRJ that would have NEVER thought they could make it to where they are now. And I am blessed and thankful for that every day. I know you will be fine! and we will see you in the hallway talking about gossip and smiling again! All of my family and friends are praying for you! God knows exactly what he’s doing, and this isn’t the end, we still have a LONG journey ahead of us. So get better and Come back to CRJ soon! We all love and miss you!


  337. Lynne Schaefer April 14, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    Fr. Martinez, I first met you 4 years ago when you were the spiritual leader for the Strake Jesuit mothers’ club retreat at the Cenacle retreat center. You were the person who opened my mind & heart to thinking about God as our friend. As an ‘old school Catholic’, that was a foreign concept for me. Thank you so much for the impact you have had in my life. You are in my daily prayers for all your needs.

  338. Ileana Trevino April 14, 2014 at 10:16 am #


    I am so sorry to hear that you are suffering and you are in my prayers and thoughts daily. The Trevino family is praying for you that God gives you strength, courage and peace. We love you. You are an amazing person …..there is a plan. I know you have faith and I know you know that.

    Viva Cristo Rey

    Ileana, Michael, Margot, Mari and Miguel

  339. Krismarie's family April 13, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    Dear; Fr.Martinez SJ

    We have been praying for you everyday of each day since we met four years ago, and now even more. The Rosary is a powerful tool to reach The Lord ‘s mercy. The apostles were with Our Lord for three years, but Our Holy Mother lived for 30 yrs once Bishop Sheen said; that said who knows The Lord more than any other person. Our Lord is alive ! And we will keep praying for you , especially in front of Our Blessed Sacrament, because nothing is impossible for Our Lord. I know that The Holy Spirit has you in this reach and He is listening to our prayers. We will keep praying to Fr.Miguel Pro SJ. To intercede for you , and for all of us, because I know you are here to serve us and you will keep serving us with your love and passion for life . We love you ! God bless you! Krismarie and family!

  340. German Rico April 13, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

    TJ- God is looking over you and he wants you to fight hard because if anyone can do this you can. Paulita, Julieta, Carolina and I have you in ours prayers and wish you all our love. I love you my brother.

  341. The De La Cruz Family April 12, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

    Dear Padre Martinez:
    We recently communicated with you on the occasion of receiving your much deserved award. Only a few days later we were saddened to learn of your illness.

    We know of your strength and your fervent faith; we were touched by it hundreds of times while Cody attended Cristo Rey! Knowing you has been a blessing to all of us.

    We unite in prayer with the so many people in different communities for the Lord to give you even more strength and uplift your fighting spirit even higher. We pray to the Blessed Miguel Pro y la Santisima Virgen to walk you by the hand into healing.

    Lots of love and… Viva Cristo Rey!

    P.S. Don’t forget to keep up with “The Many Hairdos of Fr. Martinez”!!!!

  342. Diane Mehling April 12, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Dear Father,
    I am Chris Mehling’s mom. I know you are a man of deep faith, as is Chris. I am talking to all the Powers that Be – including my own mother who has gone before us, to ask that you be allowed to spend some more time on this great mission. I know I am heard, but don’t always get what I want. However, as a nurse, I know that we can often create the future of our dreams by envisioning and fighting for it – of course God willing. Treatment for cancer today is a miracle in itself.

    So take up the fight, and I will pray relentlessly along with all your friends and family, and we shall see what God has determined. One thing we can be sure – it will be an adventure, and all will be good. With love and prayers, Diane Mehling

  343. Marissa Lopez April 12, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    Father Martinez,

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I look forward to your healing and defying odds once again!

    God bless!

  344. John O'Shea April 12, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    O Courageous One, aka The Lion,
    My thoughts and prayers have been with you these pase few weeks. There is such love and hope for you across our great city and nation. At last week’s Cardinal Circle dinner, Batman gave the closing prayer and he wanted all of us gathered there (who were there, I believe, because you showed to all of us that Houston loves and supports inner city students) to remember you and to say that your motto of “God is good” would get you through. Your faith is strong, my friend.
    Upon learning that I was from Houston, everyone I met at the CRN annual meeting in Baltimore wanted to pass on their deep love and concern for you. You have touched so many through your infectious smile, unbridled enthusiasm and faithful love of God.
    Thank you for your friendship!
    Viva Cristo Rey,

  345. Megan April 11, 2014 at 10:27 pm #


    Seeing all of these messages warms my heart. You are a true servant of the Lord. You are touching so many lives, even during this challenging time. I pray for you and your healing. By the way, Cory wants you to know she is praying as well.

    Love you bunches!

  346. Debbie Turano April 11, 2014 at 8:36 pm #


    Our thoughts and prayers are with you! May God bless you and your family during this difficult time.
    You are a beacon of inspiration! Let the light of God continue to shine upon you!

    Our Love,

    Debbie, Charlie & Charlie III

  347. Nancy and Milo Brown April 11, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    You have always been an inspiration to us and to Ryan. We love you so very much and are praying daily for a miracle through the special novena and to all the saints in heaven!.

  348. Jennifer Ste. Marie April 11, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

    Dear Fr. Martinez ~ There are times in your life that you meet someone and realize instantly that he or she is a messenger of Christ. You, Fr. Martinez, are among those, as you mirror His love, warmth, compassion, joy, light and hope in all whose lives you touch and all that you set out to do. I remember my first encounter with you and like so many, was spellbound. Lucky all those who have had the opportunity to reap the benefits of your vision, passionate leadership and dedication to your beloved Cristo Rey community – – or simply be a friend – as in my case – – as your energy and sincerity is constant, regardless. May God bless you with the finest team of doctors and nurses as you move through this personal challenge with the reassurance that you have my daily prayers for your comfort and strength. Love, Jennifer

  349. BC friend Kelly Concannon April 11, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

    T.J. , in the early days of your young adulthood I witnessed a boy transforming Into a man. Even back then we all knew you had a gift to inspire others, a glow that brought joy, humor that made us laugh, and the ability to have a good time as long as you were with those you love. Each day moving forward, I hope you feel love around you because of the gifts you have given us. Back in the day, as we walked to a dance as partners for the evening, we bowed to “Gasson” in jest. Today I will now bow down and pray to The Lord to bring you peace and a miracle. Thank you for the dance.

  350. craig April 11, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    Father TJ. are you trying other things besides conventional medicine? Budwig. a german biochemist used flaxseed oil and cottage to put oxygen into blood. she helped many that was sent home. website is Budwig the cancer tutor. Also a man named vern had stage 4 prostate cancer mast. into bones. he used baking soda and molasses. just lookup prostate cancer and baking soda on youtube. he has a website going into detail about his journey: take care

  351. Theresa Attwell April 11, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    I saw on TV that you had a successful procedure today. I hope you are comfortable. Praying for you non stop.

  352. Anne O'Brien April 11, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    Dearest, TJ, your Circle of Friends includes so many whose lives you have enriched and the Community of Saints…all lifting you up on prayer. Your suffering will not be wasted as we all draw closer to our Lord in our prayers for you. We love you so dearly in Dallas! Anne, Scot and all the kids

  353. Milton Frankfort April 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    Dear Father T.J.

    I just learned of your health issue and wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I remember our first meeting when you explained the plans that you had for Christo Rey here in Houston; admittedly, I was a bit skeptical at how much you planned in such a short time. Fast forward to today, and look what you have done!!!! You have truly done G-d’s work and our community is such a better place today because of you. We know that you will devote the time, faith and strength to improving your health, and know that the entire community is behind you, Father T.J.

    G-d bless you. With love and respect.

    Milton and Ricki Frankfort

  354. Sally Lechin- LWI April 11, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    Dear Father TJ:

    On behalf of LWI, we send you light and prayers for wellbeing and comfort. May the strength of the Lord be yours. You have such a dynamic, loving energy and are such a well of strength and growth.

    The mission of Cristo Rey has been Latin Women’s Initiative’s since the get-go. Thanks to that vision, we continue to focus our efforts and initiatives on motivating Latin Women to give back and to support Latin families in Houston. Cristo Rey and your dedication to it has a special place in LWI’s heart.

    Know that we cherish you and are thinking of you.
    Abrazos de tus amigas y admiradoras de LWI!

  355. Gracie Matthews April 11, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    TJ we are praying for you and your family. May The Lord give you the strength you will need in the coming weeks. Know that you hold a special place in my heart. Love Gracie and the Matthews family.

  356. Carolyn and Kermit Harvel April 11, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    You are a special person in our lives and in the lives of many. We are saddened by the news of your illness and hope for a full recovery. You are in our thoughts.
    Love, Carolyn and Kermit

  357. Jessica, Ryan, and Molly McCauley April 11, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Father TJ,

    We remember you in prayer daily at the McCauley house. We think about you so much, and we wish for you good health and great strength. May you continue to be uplifted by the energy of an entire city (and beyond) that is praying for you. What you have given out is now coming back. We love you!

  358. Jim Van Dyke, S.J. April 11, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Hey, TJ! Just wanted you to know that we are remembering you everyday at Mass here in Atlanta!


  359. Anthony Mattacchione April 11, 2014 at 10:24 am #


    You are the strongest and richest man we know when it comes to faith and the Greater Glory of God! AMDG my friend, you are in our prayers and we wish you a quick recovery.

    Love, Anthony & Kelli Mattacchione

  360. Susan Melancon April 11, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    Hi TJ. Sending much love to you from Buffalo. Well, it looks like you have added another battle to the long list of challenges you have had your entire life. The Lord has not let you down so far, and he will not turn from you now. He is right there battling this disease with you and giving you the strength to keep going each day. Trust Him and Him alone. Your family in Buffalo is praying very diligently for your complete healing and restoration. You have a long life in front of you and many years of service yet to complete. The Lord was talking to you when He said in Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” I love you TJ. Aunt Sue.

  361. Randy Whittington April 11, 2014 at 7:40 am #

    T. J. — I have always believed that individuals who lead good lives and do good things for others have special angels who look after them. There must be a whole army of special angels looking after you and prepared to help you through this time. Please know that Merced and I are thinking of you every minute of every day and praying for strength for you and your family and that throng of special angels. Love to you, Randy and Merced

  362. Caitlin Bond April 11, 2014 at 2:54 am #

    Father Mtz! This news breaks my heart! As I sit here basking in the glory of the new life God so graciously gifted to Bill and me (his name is Liam and I hope you will get to meet him), I am keenly aware of the miracles in my life. God brought me to Cristo Rey and I cherish every friendship and memory I made while there. Working for you will always be one of the greatest adventures of my life. I am sending fervent prayers that God will send you a miracle just as he sent you to be a miracle in the lives of so many. Sending you all my love, yours in Christ!

  363. John Chirichigno April 10, 2014 at 11:33 pm #

    Father Martinez:

    You have been an inspiration to me and I’ve only met you twice. Praying for your strength and health. God bless.

  364. Marilu garza April 10, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    Just wanted you to know that I have literally run into so many individuals in the past few days that are all talking about praying for you….I know that god is listening….i continue to keep you close to my heart and in my prayers….besitos y Bendiciones……

  365. Rev. Carlos Zuniga April 10, 2014 at 10:05 pm #

    Fr. T J, know that you are in my prayers at daily Eucharist. Trust our Blessed Lord. Remember, “Servus Mariae Nunquam Peribit”– A Child (servant) of Mary will never perish. Your in my heart!

    Fr. Carlos
    Diocese of Brownsville

  366. Susie and Jim Murray April 10, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    Fr TJ,

    You won our hearts the first day we met you at Legatus and every time we hear you preach or speak you fill our minds with the wonder of God. Our daily prayers are with you for strength and courage. God bless you and your family during this chapter of life.

  367. Nikki Hall April 10, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    Father TJ – You are one of the most special people I have ever had the opportunity to meet. Many, many prayers for you, your family, your Cristo Rey Jesuit family and all of those supporting you through this time. Much love, Nikki

  368. Adan Salinas April 10, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    Squeezing my rosary tightly for you my man !!! I love you & Viva Cristo Rey !!! Our Lady of Victory —pray for us. Pray for us– St. Joe

  369. CPM April 10, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    I struggle to understand why things like these happen to people that are so faithful, good, inspiring, loving, beautiful souls…wishing it wasn’t you. I believe in God, have faith and will pray for a Miracle! Please stay strong, need you too much! God Bless!

  370. Sabrina Karels April 10, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    Father TJ,

    I don’t know if you remember me, but I attended law school with you. We were in the same TQ. I remember you fondly–how smart, engaging, and full of energy. When I learned of all the things that you have done at Christo Rey, I was so proud! I learned about you and Christo Rey at St. Martha’s in Kingwood. After all these years, I have been going through RCIA to convert to Catholicism, and I will be confirmed at the Easter Vigil this year. You never know how paths are going to cross in life. I am so proud to hear of all the great things you have done and proud to say that I went to school with you. You and your family have been in my prayers and will continue to be. I pray that God heals you and eases your pain. You impacted me by your spirit and personality in law school, and now you are impacting my life again as I get ready to go through confirmation and strive to become a better person and Christian. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and that I am so thankful for knowing you then and now. God bless you!

    Sabrina Karels

  371. Linda Zaleski April 10, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    You are the light of my life and the keeper of my heart forever. We have shared so much together for these past five years and I will always be here for you!! Keep the battle going for you will win as usual!!
    Your loving Houston Mom….

  372. Kathleen Maloney April 10, 2014 at 3:09 pm #


    My year as a JV teaching at Cristo Rey changed the way I see education and the world around me. You’re an inspiration always.

    Praying for you,

  373. Lolita Guillory April 10, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    Hi there. I am Samina Dunbar’s mother and I want you to know how much I appreciate what you have done for the school and my kid. I am praying for your health and courage.


  374. Servando Ortiz April 10, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    Father TJ Martinez,

    I wanted to tell you that you are a great model of a good catholic and a successful leader, here at Cristo Rey. I also want to tell you that for God there is no impossible, so trust in him. Keep being strong like you always are, and Viva Cristo Rey!!!
    Sincerely your Brother in Christ,
    Servando Ortiz

  375. Guillermo rowe M.D and Sharon rowe April 10, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    The Bible study group at Texas Women’s Hospital and our family are praying for your cure.

  376. Morgan Jackson April 10, 2014 at 1:40 pm #


    This news pours heavy on my heart. But the person that I know you are this is just a minor setback. As I sit here and think about our PPL we had and all the different random pop up meeting we just had. I cherish those the most. I know you will get through this and everything will be aback to normal. My prayers are with you and your family. I can’t wait to see you hopping and skipping down the halls of the school. Best wishes to you!

    Your boss ,
    Morgan Jackson

  377. Nghia Tran April 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    I love you Fr. Martinez! You are a champion with an incredible amount of hidden strengths. I believe in you and I believe in God who will watch over you. I have no doubts that you are fighting cancer with the abundant amount of energy that you have displayed throughout my four years at Cristo Rey Jesuit. You made a huge dent in my life, without you I would have never found great friends and mentors at Cristo Rey. You will conquer cancer as you have successful brought Cristo Rey from the ground up four years ago. I miss you a lot. I want to see you as soon as possible.


  378. Jackie Lain April 10, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    TJ, Words cannot express how sorry I am for your pain. My thoughts and prayers (in Hebrew) are with you and your wonderful family. You have always and continue to be a source of joy and inspiration to all who know you. As soon as you’re able to receive visitors, I’ll be there (with BarBar and friends). With my love, Jackie

  379. Jennifer Jordan April 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    Praying for complete healing for you, TJ! So thankful for you in my life.

  380. Stasie Culwell Smith April 10, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    Father T.J.,

    You will be in the daily prayers of the Culwell and Smith families.

    God Bless you.

    Tim and Stasie Smith

  381. Wendy and Blake April 10, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    TJ, we love you and are thinking of you from Austin. Let others help YOU. You have helped so many others; it is now your turn.
    Wendy and Blake

  382. Marisa Reuter & Chris Artzer April 10, 2014 at 11:16 am #


    On behalf of your friends from TILJ and in the words of Matt Oprendek, may God’s infinite mercy and love fill and surround you, and may God’s wisdom guide your team of caregivers. We are unified in our prayers for you and extend our love and friendship. Be well.



  383. Edith Orozco April 10, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    -“Entonces Moisés clamó a Jehová, diciendo: Te ruego, oh Dios, que la sanes ahora.” Numeros 12:13

    -“Jehová Dios mío, a ti clamé, y me sanaste.” Salmos 30:2

    -“Sáname, oh Jehová, y seré sano; sálvame, y seré salvo; porque tú eres mi alabanza.” Jeremias 17:14

    Padre Martinez,
    Dios es Grande, Dios es Fuerte, Dios Sana, Dios Salva, Dios es doctor, Dios tiene todo el poder y declaramos sanidad a cada uno de sus organos. Senor Jesucristo le pedimos sanidad para todo su cuerpo, mente y espiritu desde la cabeza asta la planta de los piez de su hijo PadreTJ Martinez declarando completa sanidad en el nombre de CristoJesus Amen.

    Padre Martinez Le amamos en CristoJesus.

  384. Rudy Ramirez April 10, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    Dear Jesus, Divine Physician and Healer of the Sick, we turn to You in this time of
    illness. O dearest Comforter of the troubled, alleviate our worry and sorrow with
    Your gentle love, and grant us the grace and strength to accept this burden of cancer. Dear God, we place our sick under Your care and humbly ask that You restore Your servant Father TJ Martinez to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge Your holy will and know that whatsoever You do, You do for the love of us. Amen..Father Martinez, God bless you, Your brother in Christ, Rudy Ramirez DE COLORES!!!

  385. Thomas J. Bevans April 10, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    Dear Father Martinez,

    We are sorry to hear of your illness.

    We are all praying for you. My daughter, Allyson, teaches at John Paul II grade school – 600 students. They are all praying for you.

    We called the Vietnamese Dominican Sisters (104) and asked them to pray for you.

    We sent a letter and mass request to my old group of Trappist priests and brothers in Huntsville, Utah.

    You are a believer and a fighter so we know you can overcome this illness. My granddaughter, Kelli, age 24, has had 2 bouts with brain tumor cancer and she is now cancer free.

    Thomas J. Bevans
    For The Trustees
    Scanlan Foundation

  386. Brother Thomas Delaney.fms April 10, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    TJ my prayers these days for you and all your loved ones…I have fond memories of my days at SJA. and very proud of the students and faculty there. We had great times, laughs and tears together over the years… greetings to all the family from Mount.St.Michael in the Bronx,ny
    Our Marist community will be keeping you in our prayers these days
    un abrazo fuerte! bro tom


  387. Elise Sanchez April 10, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    Dearest TJ,

    Sending many thoughts and prayers your way. You have inspired so many with your gifts of love, compassion, and of course…laughter!! Keep those close to your heart and be showered with support from so many! We love you!

  388. Kristen Kirkpatrick April 10, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    Dear TJ,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you as you face this battle. Love to you and your family. Fight hard and stay strong.

  389. Joe O'Keefe, S.J. April 10, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    Dear T.J.
    Know that all of us here at your alma mater join with so many others to pray for every day as you undertake treatments. May you experience the consoling presence of Christ during these challenging days. Blessings from your brothers in the Jesuit Community at Boston College.

  390. Elisa Morales April 10, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    Tj, please know tgat the entire Morales family is praying for you and your family. Te enviamos todos muchos besos y abrazos!

  391. Stephanie & John Zepeda April 10, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    You are in our prayers, Father! You are such an inspiration to me and my entire family (the crazy Gabels)! We love you so much!

  392. Deacon Ray Thomas April 10, 2014 at 6:02 am #

    My brother TJ, know that you are not alone. So many people are praying for you. So many people are learning about Fr. Miguel Pro through you. So many people are learning about Our Lady of Guadalupe through you. So many people are learning about the Cristeros and their struggles, through you. So many people are learning about you and the amazing projects you have initiated. And, most importantly, so many people are learning about the true Christ and what it takes to be a faithful disciple, through you. When all the world thought Christ’s mission ended in defeat as he was hanging on the cross, only then did he accomplish his greatest work. Even in your suffering, you are accomplishing more in building his Kingdom. Please know that here at Our Lady of Sorrows in McAllen, Texas, you are in our daily prayers during every Holy Mass. Love and blessings, Ray Thomas

  393. Norma Sanchez Garza April 10, 2014 at 1:49 am #

    TJ….praying for you every day and for your family as they stand by you to support you through a hopeful and successful recovery. You have an impressive fan club that is growing by the day. Please know I am here for you and your family in any way I can help. xoxo

  394. David & Temple Barron April 9, 2014 at 11:22 pm #

    My families thoughts and prayers are with you TJ. God bless, we are rooting for you all the way!

  395. Mark Stevens April 9, 2014 at 10:56 pm #

    TJ, all of us in Brownsville and the St Mary’s church will continue to pray for you and your family. May GOD bless you and give you strength. I will keep touch with your brother Trey. GOD bless you always.

  396. Rene H. Sanchez Family April 9, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

    You have impressed so many here at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel with what you have been able to accomplish in such a short time. With that same energy and charisma you have given, we offer you up in prayer for all the Lord’s blessings. Thank you for inspiring us all!

  397. Lya Ibarra-Sanchez April 9, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

    TJ- Keeping you in my prayers and asking God for a miracle. Stay Strong! May you heal completely and continue to touch the lives’ of others. I am honored to have been part of your St. Joe Family. Your passion for music, your kind heart and your huge smile is what comes to mind when I think of you.

  398. Natalia (Diaz) Montalvo April 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    Prayers sent your way. So proud of all that you have done her in Houston. Stay strong!!

  399. Ana E. Gomez ( Salinas) April 9, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

    T.J. ,

    You are so special and dear to so many! I know you are feeling the love, prayers and support of everyone. This love that is so generously given comes from Our Father. I know you know that ….you have always been aware of His presence. You know that He, Our Blessed Mother & the communion of Saints rally around you a faithful servant. You have shared their love to so many- and will continue to do so! I believe my friend- and have seen great things happen in times of difficulty. You are in my prayers through out the day! I gather with our classmates from St. Mary’s & SJA to pray for you my dear friend. Know that we are praying for you daily on morning prayer at St. Mary’s ( your special school & mine) & at our weekly Children’s liturgies. Love you! As soon as it is possible you will visit our school! I am ready to have you over! Blessed Miguel Pro, intercede for Fr. T.j. AMEN. ( I have also asked my Mom & Dad to pray for you too & I know they are! ) Ana

  400. LeeAnn Barreda April 9, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

    T.J, You are one of the most positive people I’ve ever known. You were always friends with everyone in school, and you always brought us together with your spirit and your energy. Now we have been brought together once again to send you our prayers, our positive energy, and our love. You are in our hearts & thoughts.

  401. Lety Barguiarena April 9, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    Father T.J. You aan your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I will ask Blessed Miguel Pro to intercede for your healing. God bless you.

  402. Lety Barguiarena April 9, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    Father T.J. I am a colleague of your Dad and brother in Brownsville. My prayers and thoughts of healing are with you and your family. I will pray for you all. God knows your love for him. Blessings.

  403. Aliza Holzman Cantu April 9, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    TJ (“Husband”),
    I am so proud of all you have accomplished since our wonderful time at St. Joe! (Remember Mac the Knife?! I actually wore a french fry box on my head!!!) You have lead a remarkable life, and i am positive that you have much more life to lead! Please know that you are in my prayers. I am sending hugs and positive thoughts your way. You have always been a source of laughter and good cheer and I hope that all the well-wishes you continue to receive will help to keep up that spirit.
    God bless you,
    Aliza (“Wife”)

  404. John Kachinsky April 9, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    Dear TJ,

    Be assured of my prayers and the communal prayers of all the Marist Brothers here in Lawrence, MA.

    Allow us to be spiritual companions on your journey.

    I have fond memories of the summer of 1988 when we lived together in the Contact Community in Wheeling, WV.


  405. Alessandra Garcia Potts April 9, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    TJ, We’re thinking of you and have you in are prayers everyday!!!!!!
    Viva Cristo Rey!!!!

  406. Ellen Shea April 9, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

    Dear TJ,

    Much love from Boston. You have brought so much joy and laughter to so many. I hope we are able to do our part to bring you joy in the hard days ahead.

    Ellen Shea

  407. Mario & Fryda Guajardo April 9, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

    Nuestro queridisimo Padrecito,
    I know the road ahead is very hard for you and yours and there will be times when you will experience too much suffering, but just think of Jesus on his road to Golgota! Your pain and suffering united with HIS suffering will be perfect! We know you are a fantastic human being and the same as a priest and example to all your students and to everyone who knows you.
    Fryda and I are praying for your prompt recovery; we know you will be victorious. Amen

  408. Liza Dimas and Cesar Lopez April 9, 2014 at 6:41 pm #


    You and your family are dear to our hearts, Please know that we are all praying for u. Stay strong and always positive!

    God bless!

  409. Wolfe Family April 9, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    TJ, the Wolfes are offering up our prayers for you and your whole family. Draw strength from them and all of us back home that keep you in our thoughts, prayers and hearts daily. So much love for you….Mandy

  410. Andrew Campanella April 9, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    Father TJ, I join with the entire team at National School Choice Week in praying for you and for your recovery. You are not only an amazing man, you were an awesome emcee at our Kickoff Celebration in Houston this January, and we are forever in your debt. You have done so much for so many people, and you have helped — and will continue to help — improve education for children and families in Houston and across the country. We’re pulling for you, rooting for you, and praying for you…hang in there and beat this thing!

  411. Ron and Romona Zagone April 9, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    Dearest Fr. T. J.

    We lift you up in prayer as you take this path/plan that God wants you to journey. Jeremiah 29: 11-14 “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not calamity to give you a future and a hope”. God has much more for you to do for His people.

    God’s blessings and our love

  412. Maria Elena (Valdes) & Rene Corbeil April 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm #


    Your St. Joe family is standing together in prayer, knowing that God’s healing hands are upon you.

    We send you a big hug!

  413. Monica Cardenas-Arguelles April 9, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    TJ- Though I’m from the St. Joseph’s graduating class of 1991, I remember you very well. Your generous smile and kind ways would inspire many of us every day! You were a role model to follow ever since then. I now teach at a Catholic school in McAllen and wanted you to know that my fourth grade students and I are praying for you every morning. I know that God will listen to our prayers and send you strength during these difficult moments. God Bless you! Keep strong!!

  414. Jerry and Mary Jane Smith April 9, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    Father Martinez,

    Our prayers are with you, your family and the entire Jesuit community as you fight this illness. You have brought Houston Catholics a treasure and we need you to continue making this treasure grow and expand. Blessed Padre Pro is pulling for you also. God bless. Please know that we are all praying for your recovery.

    Viva Cristo Rey

  415. Joanna Belcher April 9, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    Dear TJ,

    I was so shocked and saddened to hear the news of your health – please know that I am praying for you. You and your work at Cristo Rey continues to inspire me – I know that the love and dedication you have shown to others is coming back to you now as you go through this difficult time. Know that across the country, so many are sending you love and prayers.

    I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in December, and while the prognosis is thankfully good as I undergo chemotherapy, I have a very small window into some of the struggles you are facing. Stay strong and know that you continue to serve as an inspiration for me and so many others!

    Joanna Belcher (HGSE SLP buddy)

  416. Marilyn White April 9, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    Dear T.J. You do not know me, but I know many in your family. I just wanted to let you know that the Daughters of the King of the Church of the Advent – Episcopal are all praying for you and your family. God bless you and may God’s healing touch and protective angels surround you and bring you healing and peace.

  417. Maria V. Hinojosa April 9, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    TJ we are thinking and praying for you everyday. Keep up your stength and your amazing faith !! Praying to Fr. Miguel Pro to intercede and help you with this battle. We here are for anything you need.

  418. Ditta Family April 9, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    Know that we are praying for you with our hearts filled with hope for your return to beautiful radiant health. Think of us and know at that moment we are with you in spirit. You are in our constant prayers. We love you, hermanito.
    Elda and Louis

  419. Kathryn Ponce de Leon April 9, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    My dear Father TJ,
    I do not know where to start…. I have read all the wonderful messages and I find it hard to put my thoughts into words. Words can not express how I am feeling right now. You are an incredible man, an inspiration to so many…. Please know that Victor and I are praying for you just as you have always prayed for us. Stay strong my friend!
    Kathryn Ponce de Leon

  420. Denise P. Rios April 9, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    Father TJ,

    We, the faculty, staff and student body of St. Augustine Catholic School are praying the novena to Blessed Miguel Pro, SJ, a martyr for the Church daily for your complete healing.

    We, at St. Augustine, are very grateful for the opportunity you have given our students by leading Cristo Rey Jesuit High School.

    We know the healing hand of God the Father will rest upon you and His Holy Spirit will fill you during this illness.

    In the Name of Jesus,

    St. Augustine Catholic School Family

  421. Dorothy R. April 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    Father – I don’t know you…but I DO know Padre Pro! He has been my dear and close friend for a few years now, and helps me often. I talk about him so much, one of my friends saw this and sent it to me. I have been praying for our Blessed Miguel’s canonization, and am so excited to see what God does through you. I know that with Padre Pro, you are in good company. I hope his friendship keeps you full of hope, and his intercession keeps you close to Our Lady of Guadalupe, whom he loves so much. May she hold you in the crossing of her arms and the folds of her mantle!
    Viva Cristo Rey!

  422. John M. Knight April 9, 2014 at 12:11 pm #


    I write to you from St. Ignatius in San Francisco to let you know that you are in my daily thoughts and prayers. Although I do not know you, I have been deeply touched by your service to the Church and to the good people of Houston. May Jesus continue to bless you with a deeper sense of his presence in your life. Peace…

    John M. Knight
    St. Ignatius College Preparatory
    San Francisco

  423. Cristian Paniagua April 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    Thank you so much for everything you have done. As i am typing this message i am doing so at the computer of my job at Memorial Herman Hospital as a Patient Care Assistant. A postion that may have not been granted to me if it were not for you and everything you have done as the President of Cristo Rey. Stay strong. I will pray for you… And Like the energizer bunny, i know you’ll keep going and going and going. Thank you for everything… ” I never knew a school could be like this.”

  424. Rob Birdsell April 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    Fr TJ,

    You have been and always will be a friend and inspiration. Praying daily.


  425. Saltzgiver Family April 9, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    TJ: We are lifting you up in prayer, sending our love and hugs, and holding you and your family close to our hearts.

  426. Boreaux Family April 9, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    TJ, on behalf of Mia, Roberto, Isa and myself…..we are love you and are praying for you. You have done so many amazing things for so many people. We pray for your strength and recovery. I am truly blessed to be a part of you and your families lives. God brought us together many years ago and I am so greatful that I can truly call you brother. Love you TJ. God bless you…Robbie

  427. Nancy Ormand April 9, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    I speak for the entire Ormand family to let you know that you have our prayers and love always and especially now. You have blessed our family with your inspiration, love, kindness and support and have brought so much joy, love and HOPE to so many young people who’s lives you’ve literally saved with the opportunity to redirect their destiny. Your ability to light up a room with your dynamic presence always amazes me. God has blessed you with many gifts and we believe your positive energy, determined spirit in overcoming obstacles and your fierce devotion to your faith will guide you through your recovery. Please know that you and your family are in our hearts and minds daily dear friend.

  428. Jimmy Collins April 9, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    Father T.J. –

    Bottom line, you have made me a better man. Although our time together lasted a short 2 years in my Junior and Senior year at Dallas Jesuit, your impact will last a lifetime. Energy and Love permeated through your lessons; your constant focus towards social justice has made me understand that I am insignificant without others. You are a man I strive to be; more importantly, you are a friend. You are the definition of “Man for Others”. Know that we are with you in spirit and, more importantly, in action. I love you kind sir and fight.

    Jimmy Collins
    Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas
    Class of 2003

  429. Nita Chesney April 9, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    Dearest Fr. TJ,
    God Bless you my friend. You are always the inspiring and touching one. Keep up your strong faith. I’m praying to Blessed Miguel Pro, SJ…”Viva Cristo Rey”. Love and many Blessings, Nita

  430. Michael Martin April 9, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    Dear Father Martinez,

    I have mentioned to you that my sister-in-law, Ann, has had cancer three times and God has been good to her. She sent along a book I will give Father Reedy to give to you. It is entitled, There’s no place like Hope by Vickie Girard. Know my little brother that i raise your name to the Lord each and every day.

  431. Joe Montalbano April 9, 2014 at 10:05 am #

    Dear Father,

    A countless number of friends are “storming heaven” daily for you. Through the intercession of Blessed Miguel Pro, SJ, may God grant you courage, strength and healing.

    Viva Cristo Rey!

  432. Mary Noller April 9, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    Dear T J,

    You are going to receive many messages from the many, many people who know you, and countless prayers from people everywhere who do and do not know you. Susie Bazin has written what I would like to say. For now, know that Lisa’s family and our friends will be praying for you and I think her niece will want to read about you and pray for you at her First Communion May 3, yet another sacrament to connect us.

    God bless you!

    Mary and Ken

  433. Suzanne H April 9, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    Dear Father Martinez,

    I had the honor and pleasure of meeting you in our offices here at Linbeck. Your enthusiasm and joy filled the room and I am so impressed with the program and school you created and the Interns that work here. I am praying for your healing, Father.

    Viva Cristo Rey!


  434. Melissa Flores Lozano April 9, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Dearest TJ,
    We went to St. Mary’s Elementary and St. Joe. You are in my daily prayers. You have always had such a wonderful outlook in life .Your humor ROCKS!!! You have touched so many lives and been an inspiration to all. The Lord has performed many miracles as you know. I must share this, My own brother, Jorge was once diagnosed with cancer in the intestines and miraculously it is now gone. TJ we are all together praying for your recovery.
    God Bless you always!

  435. Marilu Garza April 9, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    Mi amor,
    This is Imelda Alamia’s friend, Marilu Garza…..I said a novena to El Sr. De Los Milagros last night and dedicated it to you…I have struggled since I heard this news….struggled to understand….struggled to accept….struggled for faith….as a cancer survivor of 16 years, I can reassure you that miracles do indeed happen…I was told that I might not live to see my daughter’s 10th birthday and she will turn 28 tomorrow….I remember my mother telling me that she would recite the 139th Psalms for me every morning before she got up….which I have done every day since then….it asks God to walk in front of you to clear your path, behind you in case you fall and with His arms around you to give you strength…I remember that I would laugh when someone would tell me one day at a time….no chinquito….at times it is merely one minute or one second at a time….always know that I will keep you close to my heart and constantly in my prayers…..sigue la lucha mi amor…..

  436. Katie Phillippi April 9, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    Father T.J.,

    Bane, Hank and I send you our love. You are in our thoughts and prayers every day. You are a beacon of light to all that know you and you have been a very important part of our lives. We love you very much.


    Katie, Bane and Hank Phillippi

  437. Kathleen Cantu-Estrada April 9, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    Just so you know, the SJA Class of 1988 is rallying together in prayer for you. There is a “Prayer” message streaming on Messenger this morning and as usual our class is coming together when it counts. Please know we are thinking and praying for you. May God give you the gift of strength and healing.
    Un beso grande y un abrazo fuerte,

  438. Elizabeth Martinez April 9, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    Dear Father TJ,
    We love you so much. My family cares about you so much. When I heard rteh news I dropped everything I was doing and prayed, something I usually don’t do given that I am struggling with my faith. You taught me that God’s undying love for us will get us through it and I see this happening. As a community, we come as a blanket of support and hope and love. You, aside from Mrs. B believed in me from the first moment at times where things seemed a little sketchy. One time you told me that I was the future, I may not see it now but I eventually will. I am sorry that I cannot fight withy ou like you fought with me, I am still in the tundra that is Minnesota and I will be back home soon and I will give you all of my love and support like you gave yours to me. I know that you will get through this, your love and faith are what will keep you here.Mark 5:34. I read that for my Theology class and it spoke to me. You may never know why this is happening but know that God loves you. We love you. You are family, family never gets left behind. Without you, I would not be here at St. Ben’s, making a cjange and championing for women’s rights and be the voice for minority struggles in semi-diverse camous. Thank you for being my support while I am starting anew and now its my turn to support you. Lo quiero mucho padre. Mi familia lo quiere. I hope to be able to see you soon Uncle Tj. -Elizabeth Martinez

  439. Ceci Gonzalez-Evans April 9, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    TJ, we love you and we are praying for you. I have nothing but wonderful memories of our high school years, especially Senior year.
    Hold on to God’s unchanging hand my friend! !!

  440. Ceci Gonzalez-Evans April 9, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    TJ, we love you and we are praying for you. I have nothing but wonderful memories of our high school years at St. Joe, especially senior year! Hold on to God’s unchanging hand my friend!!!

  441. Kathy Hoskins April 9, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    While we worked together at Jesuit Dallas your energy and optimism energized me daily. The joyfulness of your ordination was inspirational and a highlight of my life! I have always admired you and you are in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you all strength and courage my friend! Kathy

  442. Patricia V. Lozano April 9, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    Father Martinez we are praying for you and your family. I was involved with the youth when you attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brownsville. We are offering prayers for you during mass everyday. We are so proud to say that you were a member of our community when you were in High School. God Bless

  443. Jamie Richardson April 9, 2014 at 7:35 am #

    Fr. Martinez-

    We are sending all of our love, prayers, and endless support your way from Dodoma, Tanzania. All of us at St. Peter Claver High School have you in our thoughts. We miss our Camp Mag+s man! The students here ask about you all of the time, and know they are with you, many many miles away. We hope you can hear us all the way in Texas! We are shouting our Boom-shakalakas your way!! May God be with you at this time.
    Tunakupenda sana, Fr. Martinez.
    Mungu akubariki.

    Katika upendo wa Kristu,

    Jamie Richardson
    (and all the sassy students of St. Peter Claver High School, Dodoma, TZA!)

  444. Cardenas Family April 9, 2014 at 6:23 am #

    Viva Cristo Rey and the much lovedFather Martinez! What a difference you have made to the world of these kids. Much love to you Father TJ!

    Robert, Lillian, Sofia Cardenas

  445. Fr. Jesus Rodriguez, S.J. April 9, 2014 at 2:16 am #

    Dearest Brother, You are very present in my prayers, along with the prayers of many here in Rome. I am inspired by your deep trust in the Lord, cheerfulness, and unfailing spirit. Praying through the intercession of Blessed Miguel Pro for your complete healing. +AMDG, Yours, Jesse

  446. Sara Nelly Burguete April 9, 2014 at 1:38 am #

    TJ, nuestras oraciones y cariño estan contigo,y en el nombre
    De Dios clamamos para ti salud perfecta.
    Sylvia y Nelly (Ole Trvl)

  447. Lomeli Family April 9, 2014 at 1:30 am #

    ONCE UPON A TIME, a man of GOD elevated a magical kingdom of golden yellow from a pile of abandoned ashes. Armed with the courage and strength of a Lion, he recruited others that share the vision of empowering the young ones who dared not dream. His infectious love and passion, opened doors and presented opportunities for his students that permanently transformed their lives. The legend states that this man of GOD lived forever and in the darkness of night, the CRJ symbol beams within the heart of his students as a beacon that brightens the world.

    Viva Cristo Rey! <
    Viva El Padre Con Botas!!!

  448. Lisa Maberry April 8, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

    Dearest Father TJ,

    Mike, Luke, JT and I are sending you positive thoughts in the coming difficult times. You are such a special person to our family and our prayers to Blessed Miguel Pro are for your complete and total recovery.

    Much Much Love,

    Lisa and all the Maberrys

  449. Erik Noriega April 8, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

    I’ll never forget the day you came into my office at the downtown chancery to tell me about your plans to open a Cristo Rey campus in Houston. Your enthusiasm and energy were contagious and I made it a point to do whatever I could to help. Even though my contribution was negligible, you never failed to thank me for it – even years after I’d left the diocese. Perhaps more significant to me (as it is to most parents), you were always very good to my daughter, Julia, and for that I will be forever grateful. I have deep faith that you will beat the odds and come out on top of this, the same way you beat the odds and opened Cristo Rey Jesuit a full year before anyone believed it was possible. Making the impossible – possible. If anyone can do it, I know it’s you. Prayers and love.

  450. Starr and Billy Zaleski April 8, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    Viva Cristo Rey Jesuit!!! Viva Father TJ Martinez, SJ! Your love, your determination, your heart of grace continues to touch us, teach us and inspire us! MUCH Love to you and your family from Billy, Starr, Will, Cate and Caroline!

  451. Quinn J. Hebert April 8, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    Dearest Father TJ,

    The whole Hebert family and lots of Cajuns from Louisiana are praying hard for you and your family. For one of the mightiest servants of the servants of God, we are confident that God and His grace will take care of you.

    All our love, Jane and Quinn

  452. Hilda Gomez April 8, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    Fr. TJ, Just know that all of us, Robert, Patty and John Paul are praying for you every day. We lift you up in God’s healing hands. You still have that beautiful smile. I know you will beat this mojo. Through the intercession of Blessed Miguel Pro, you will be free of all illness and continue your mission in life. I love you very much TJ. Hilda

  453. Imelda Alamía (Lavios) April 8, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

    My sweet boy, sending prayers and good energy your way. Your amazing spirit and the support of so many people who truly love you,will see you through this.
    Mijito, I’m here ready to cook you some caldito, flan, empanadas or whatever you request. Just email me or have Carla contact Letty!
    My love to your strongest warriors in prayer, Tony, Carol, Carla, Melissa, Trey, and Andy.

  454. Melinda Rodriguez April 8, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    Praying that your health may be restored so that you can resume the great work that you were called to do…build His Kingdom.

  455. Belinda Marin Boling April 8, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    Dear T.J.,

    How can I forget your smile when leading the SJA marching band. You were friends with each and one of us at school. Since then, you have that gift of making everyone feel special. To now see all the good that you have done for the students at Cristo Rey…so inspiring and amazing. You’ve built a legacy that will go on forever. Please know that we are all praying for you. We are praying the Novena for Intercession of Blessed Miguel Pro. God, please heal T.J. We love you!!! God bless you T.J.

  456. Bo Bothe April 8, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    TJ, we’re all praying for you brother! From the Bothe family, the BrandExtract family and the Strake Jesuit family we wish you all the love and support we can give. Time to eat a big greasy burger and sit under that halo!

  457. lupita April 8, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

    May GodBless You, Viva Cristo Rey y Viva Ntra. Virgen de Guadalupe.

  458. Ercilia Cantu April 8, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

    Father TJ, I remember your beautiful smile while you were growing up at St. Joseph’s Church. Your smile is still the same. You are an inspiration to us all. I am praying that God performs a miracle in your life..

  459. Rosie Sotelo April 8, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

    Father TJ Martinez, my prayers are with you. I had the honor of meeting you at the Red Mass in Brownsville and loved your speech. God bless you.

  460. Finley Family April 8, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

    Dear TJ,
    Our memories of you leading the marching band at SJA with George in tow and your friendship and kindness bestowed are forever with us. We are keeping you and your family always in our thoughts and prayers. May The Lord hear our prayers. God Bless – Love The Finley’s ( Rosa, George and Rosie)

  461. Andres Salgado April 8, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    Father, when I was just a boy, I expected the world. I had dreams, but they flew away from my reach. All I could do was dream of paradise, a paradise so distant that I stopped believing in myself and what I could do before I even turned 15. I was dead-set on graduating from high school and looking for a job out in the super markets and fast food restaurants.

    Father, because of you and your strength, courage, charisma, amazing height, and most importantly, the will of God, you established Cristo Rey, and you got me to where I am today. I walk up and down Rice’s campus, proudly wearing my class ring every single day. From the moment I get up to the moment I go to bed, this ring is a constant reminder of the beautiful times I had laying the foundation of the school that changed my life. Even more, when I call home and hear the adventures of my (not so little) brother, Luis, I can’t help but smile and think that I got to be a part of something so marvelous.

    Here’s a picture of us both 🙂

    In a very special way (your trademarked catchphrase), you are the reason why I believe. Had you not pushed to start Cristo Rey a year early, God knows where my family and I would be. Even though I feel very sad, I also feel very confident that God knows why He does what He does. I love you Father, and I will pray as much as I can from within the hedges of Rice.

    ¡Viva Cristo Rey! ¡Viva El Padre Con Botas!

  462. Patrick P. Sicotte April 8, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    Thinking of and praying for you often. The Sicotte and DeVito clans send their love and support. Your strength, example, and love continue to have a profound effect on me. See you soon my friend.


    Patrick Sicotte

  463. Deacon Gustavo Camacho April 8, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    My dear father TJ I have served little with you at St. Vincent de Paul but have learned to admire your work and the challenges you faced in getting the school up and running. A passion of yours and those who helped you. May God’s will be done and I will pray for your strength and support you with my prayers. Your holiness and love for Jesus preceded you always, your smile and joy a gracious gift to us all. I pray you feel the love all you have touched and may God bless you always.

  464. Adriana Garza Read April 8, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    TJ, mucho animo porque los milagros existen! Estamos rezando para que Dios y la Virgen Maria te lo concedan. Viva Cristo Rey Y TJ!!!!!! xoxo

  465. Anna Christina Garza April 8, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

    Dear TJ, just want to let you know that we are praying for you. A couple of your classmates from the Senior Class of 1988 are getting together since last week, and per your request, we are praying the novena prayer to Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro, SJ. We are with you all the way TJ, praying for you and thinking about you and your family. May God take care of you and may He Bless You today and always. Remember that St. Joe Class of 1988 loves you, is with you, thinking about you, and you are forever in our hearts. You are a man of faith and God is with you. We love you, Father TJ Martinez. Missing you and thinking about you.

  466. Calista Schneidau April 8, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    God be with you, my friend. God IS with you, my friend.
    Viva Cristo Rey! Viva T.J.!

  467. Letty Fernandez April 8, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    TJ… Lots of folks back home in deep South Texas are praying for you every day. Please know you are not alone.We stand with you. Prayers today and always. We love you!

  468. Chris Flieger April 8, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    Dear TJ,

    Prayers from the community of schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. We miss you here in Boston. AMDG!

  469. Dee Dee Cavazos April 8, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

    Everyone from your old youth group from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Brownsville, TX is thinking about you and praying for you. Hundreds of prayers and thoughts going your way! Lord hear our prayers ♡♡♡ We Love You!

  470. Jim Boehm April 8, 2014 at 7:22 pm #


    From Syracuse to Sydney, the Boehmgang is praying for you – fervently and often. Your spirit is infectious and invigorating. To live life in the strength of your example; “Viva Cristo Rey,” indeed!!

    All our love, prayers, and conviction goes to your speedy and full health,


  471. Ana Luisa Matamoros (LWI) April 8, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

    Father Martinez,
    The ladies of Latin Women’s Initiative and I are praying for your recovery. You know that we love you and that we love Cristo Rey Jesuit. We are looking forward to seeing you and giving you a big hug. Stay strong.

  472. Michael Motyl April 8, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

    Fr. TJ,
    On behalf of the entire Guadalupe Regional Middle School community here in Brownsville, we send our love and prayers to you. You’re passion and zeal for Catholic schools is inspirational!!! We’re with you in this fight!!

    God Bless!

  473. Louise Parsley April 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    As I take in the description of Miguel Pro, the Holy Jester – his “exquisite wit, never coarse, always sparkling… noted for his charity and ability to talk without being boring,” I do believe you are kindred spirits. May our boundless prayers strengthen you and in His mercy restore you to your dazzling self. Viva Cristo Rey! Viva A#1!

  474. Eileen Miggins Hohlt April 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

    Dear Father Martinez —

    Recently, I was flying into Hobby at night and from the plane window I saw the beautiful Cristo Rey logo lighting up the neighborhood. It was truly a beacon – of hope, love, compassion, and salvation. Thank you for the light that is Cristo Rey Jesuit!

    I pray that you receive the energy, strength, and faith for your battle ahead.

    Viva Cristo Rey!

  475. Susie Bazin April 8, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    Dear Father Martinez, I pray that, through the intercession of Blessed Miguel Pro, you will be free of cancer and continue to lead a long, happy life of service to others and to the Church. What a difference you have made in the world! How blessed are we who have had the joy of knowing you! Our love and prayers for your recovery–may we all be in Rome together to celebrate your miraculous recovery and St. Miguel Pro’s canonization!

  476. John Wronski, SJ April 8, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    All of us at Nativity Prep Boston are praying for you and your whole family at Cristo Rey Houston!

  477. Ana Carrasco April 8, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    TJ – we are praying for you every day. You can do this TJ, we know you can beat this disease! Stay strong – we’re inspired by your strength. We believe in you and we believe in miracles!

  478. Theresa Attwell April 8, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

    TJ. I met you through Jeb. I am sorry to hear you are ill. Please know you are loved by so many, and everyone is praying for your recovery.
    If there is anything I can do for your family while they are here (feed them, run errands, do laundry, etc etc etc) please have them email me. I want to help.
    Praying for you,
    Theresa Attwell

  479. Mary Nugent April 8, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

    AMDG! For the greater glory of God, in whom all things are possible! Fr TJ with all our love, Mary, Mark, John and Daniel Nugent.

  480. Flavio Bravo,sj ad the Houston Jesuit Community April 8, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

    Dear brother and companion, we are praying for you daily and we are walking with you through this difficult time.

    May The Lord in His mercy heal you. And may God lead the hands and minds of the doctors, nurses and everyone in charge of your care to bring you comfort and healing.

    We hold you close to Jesus’ heart and we offer our Mass intentions for you, for your family and the Cristo Rey community.

    Abrazos y Bendiciones amigo!

  481. Jim Badum April 8, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

    Father T.J.

    I hope the good Lord will be able to hear all the prayers we all have for you. He will certainly be inundated with them as you have touched so many of us in such positive ways. Houston and the world is certainly a better place because of God’s work through you. Your faith and strength have always been so remarkable and inspirational.

    Viva Cristo Rey! Viva Father TJ Martinez!

    God Bless you!

  482. Bee April 6, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Viva Cristo Rey Jesuit! Viva Father TJ Martinez, SJ

  483. Mark E Bazin April 5, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

    We love you TJ!

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