The Reverend Denis L. St. Marie, Pastor Emeritus, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, South Amherst and first Diocese of Cleveland Missionary in the Central American country of El Salvador in 1964, died Monday, 28 October 2013, after having received the prayerful support and consolation of the Sacraments.
Denis L. St. Marie was born on 23 May 1933. His parents were the late Gene M. and Mildred M. (Crow). He was educated at St. Mary Elementary, Sandusky, St. Mary Elementary, Elyria, Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit, Borromeo College and St. Mary Seminary, Cleveland. On 23 May 1959 in the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Bishop Floyd L. Begin ordained him to the priesthood for the service of the Diocese of Cleveland.
Fr. St. Marie?s first assignment was as Parochial Vicar of St. Jerome, Cleveland. On 19 October 1961 he was appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Luke, Lakewood. In addition to this assignment on 4 December 1962 he was appointed Chaplain of the Newman Club of the Ohio State University Extension School in Lakewood. On 11 June 1964 he was directed to enroll at Glen Ellyn Seminary, Chicago. Fr. St. Marie was appointed to the Diocesan Mission in the Diocese of San Miguel, San Salvador, El Salvador on 17 August 1964. On 10 September 1973 Fr. St. Marie enrolled in Graduate Studies at the Institute of Continuing Theological Education at the North American College. On 23 July 1974 he was elected Coordinator of the Diocesan Mission Team. On 1 March 1978 he was released from the Diocesan Mission Team for a special assignment to work with the Family Life Secretariat of the Latin American Bishops? Conference (LCELAM