The Monsignors – Msgr. M. N. Enderle

October 30, 1918 – May 11, 1999

Martin N. Enderle was born in Beaumont, Texas and is a graduate of St. Anthony High School, now Monsignor Kelly High School.

Martin was ordained in 1946 and appointed assistant pastor at Holy Name Church in Houston. In 1949 he was named assistant pastor at St. Mary’s in Port Arthur and later named administrator of St. Joseph in Port Arthur, and became the second pastor of St. Joseph in June 1956.

He served the parish for fourteen years, longer than any other single pastor. While pastor of St. Joseph, he was moderator of Bishop Byrne High School. He also supervised the construction of the new Bishop Byrne High School building at Ninth Avenue and Texas 73 in 1965. In 1965, he was appointed Papal Chamberlain and the next year was named diocesan director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

In 1970, he was appointed pastor of St. James Church. Bishop Warren Boudreaux appointed him Episcopal Vicar in August 1974, and he was re-appointed in 1978, the year he assumed the pastorate of Immaculate Conception Church, Groves, Texas.

Monsignor Martin Enderle was invested as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in 1981.

He passed away on Tuesday, May 11, 1999 while in semi-retirement at St. Peter’s Church in Groves, Texas.