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Very Reverend Chris Martin, VE, DMin

Vicar for Parish Mission and Vitality
Archdiocese of St. Louis

Fr. Chris Martin was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 2006.  Fr. Martin has served as the associate pastor of St. Joseph Parish Cottleville, Vocation Director of the Archdiocese, Director of the Kolbe House of Discernment, the administrator of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, the Vice-Rector of Cardinal Glennon College, and most recently as the pastor of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Ellisville before being appointed the Vicar for Strategic Planning by Archbishop Rozanski.  Fr. Martin received a Doctorate in Ministry from Catholic University of America in 2020.  He is an annual speaker for the Steubenville Youth Conferences and currently serves as a board member of the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri.

St. Margaret of Scotland Music Ministry

St. Louis, Missouri

St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church sits on the corner of Flad Avenue and 39th Street in the Shaw neighborhood of St. Louis; the parish school is four blocks away.  Several decades ago, the city and the parish - whose proud history had begun on Christmas Day 1899 - were experiencing dramatic changes.  Interstate highways cut through city communities; civil rights laws opened new possibilities of integration, welcomed by some, and feared by others.  And the "aggiornamento" of Vatican II invigorated - and in some cases, alienated - the Catholic faithful.  Many St. Margaret parishioners worked doggedly to ensure that the neighborhood, school, and parish would survive well into the future. 

In 1980, Teresa (Terri) Merideth gathered a few singers and instrumentalists and began introducing the music and hymns that would shape the parish for generations.  Three years later, Peter Fisher Hesed was invited as a pianist and collaborator, and he officially filled the position of Pastoral Associate for Music and Liturgy in 1995.  In 2010, Steve Neale, who had been a student of Peter's, took the reins as Choir Director upon Terri's retirement, and in 2022, Orin Johnson became Director of Music and Liturgy upon Peter's retirement.  All four are still active in shaping the musical and liturgical life of the parish. 

Through the years, SMOS Music Ministry has been a remarkable gathering of faith, dedication, and talent, all supported well by a succession of pastors, school principals and families, and generations of worshipers in the pews. 

Influenced by the experience of family life, and with attention to Catholic social teaching, over the past nearly fifty years and looking ahead to the future, SMOS Music Ministry strives to foster:

- a sense of service and commitment,
- collaborative ministry,
- joyful musicianship,
- inclusive and creative repertoire,
- prayer, faith sharing, and mutual support,
- dedication to a liturgical ethos and full engagement of the assembly, and
- a true incarnation of the Word, shared throughout not only the church building but also the community at large.