Fr. George Gerald "Jerry" Martinson, SJ, entered into God's peace May 31 at St. Peter Canisius Residence, Taipei, Taiwan from heart failure shortly after a strenuous trip to Inner Mongolia to film a documentary on Teilhard de Chardin.
"Uncle Jerry," as he was fondly known, was the chairman of Kuangchi Program Service, a high-profile television company for Taiwan and much of the Chinese world. He was 74.
Father Martinson was born in San Diego in 1942 and entered the Jesuit Novitiate in California in 1960. After philosophical studies at Mount St. Michael's, he went to Taiwan in 1967, where he was ordained a priest in 1973, and where he spent the rest of his life in communications ministry.
With Kuangchi Programming Service, a Jesuit-run television and satellite producer of religious and cultural programming throughout Asia, Fr Martinson was active both as an executive and as an on-camera personality, whose programs were popular for decades.
Father Martinson is survived by his younger brother Fr. Kieth Barry Martinson, SJ, pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Wufeng Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan, who also worked with the aboriginal people of Taiwan since the 1970s.
The funeral Mass was at Holy Family Church in Taipei on June 17, with burial at the Jesuit Cemetery at Manresa Center of Spirituality in Changhua.
Donations in memory of Fr. Martinson may be made Jesuits West, P.O. Box 68, Los Gatos, CA 95031, or through the Province's secure donation site at www.jesuitswest.org/donations online.
November 6, 2018 — Benefactors and friends of Jesuits West attended the White Collar Luncheon held on All Saints Day at the Isaac Orr Room, Seattle Archdiocese Chancery. Over 25 Jesuits from Seattle U, Seattle Prep, Bellarmine Prep Tacoma and other NW Jesuit ministries were in attendance.
November 1, 2018 — Our new Director of Communications for the Jesuits West Province comes from our own Jesuit family. Tracey Primrose, who served for the last six and ½ years as the Secretary for Communications for the Jesuit Conference, is joining our team at Jesuits West.
October 29, 2018 — Most Reverend Michael Barber, SJ, Bishop of Oakland, ordained 6 Jesuits as Deacons at Christ the Light Cathedral. Two Deacons featured in the video, Andrew Laguna, SJ, and Francis Nguyen, SJ, are from Jesuits West Province.
October 23, 2018 – Two Jesuit Scholastics in 1st Studies, James Millikan, SJ, and Raymond Parcon, SJ, share their personal experiences of serving in Alaska frontier villages that are accessible only by plane or sea.
October 11, 2018 - TESTAROSSA Winery, located at the former Novitiate Winery in Los Gatos, Calif., hosted a 130th Anniversary luncheon commemorating the 1st harvest of grapes at the Novitiate Winery, October 11, 1888. TESTAROSSA owners, Rob & Diana Jensen invited the Sacred Heart Jesuit Community and Staff for wine tasting and buffet lunch.
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