Diocese of Rockville Centre


The Reverend Martin J. Osborne who spent more than half of his 55 years as a priest serving as an Army Chaplain died on September 8, 2005. He was 83 years old.

Born in Brooklyn on November 25, 1921, Martin J. Osborne attended St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School and Cathedral College before studying for the priesthood at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington.

He was ordained a priest at St. James Pro Cathedral on June 3, 1950 by
Bishop Thomas E. Molloy.

His first two assignments as an Associate Pastor were in Brooklyn and Queens. In 1955 he was named an Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Loretto in Hempstead.

In 1956, Father Osborne entered the army. Over the next 27 years, serving as a chaplain, he was stationed overseas in Iceland, Korea, Vietnam and Germany as well as serving state-side. He served on the Army Chaplain board and as the International Army Catholic Chaplain. He retired from the Army with the rank of Colonel.

Father Osborne returned to Long Island in 1983 to serve as an Associate Pastor at St. Boniface in Elmont for two years. He served as Pastor of the Church of St. Patrick in Southold for ten years from 1985 until his retirement in 1995.

A wake for Father Osborne was held at the Church of St. Patrick in Southold on Monday, September 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monsignor Donald Desmond was the principal celebrant at a Mass of Vigil held that evening at 7:30 p.m. in the church. Father George Michell delivered the homily.

Bishop William Murphy presided at the Funeral Mass on Tuesday, September 13 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of St. Patrick in Southold. The homilist was Monsignor Joseph Colligan. Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery in Southold.

Father Osborne is survived by his sister-in-law, Margaret Osborne of Arizona.