Fr. Marty Demek was born in Baltimore in November, 1949, and is the third of four children. He has two older married brothers, John and Charles, and a younger sister, Marie Pauline, who is a member of the Sisters of Christian Charity. He grew up in South Baltimore, attending Holy Cross Catholic Church and School. It was during those elementary years that Fr. Demek realized that God was calling him to be a priest, leading him to attend high school at the St. Paul Latin School, the Archdiocese’s day-hop seminary. In 1967, he moved to St. Charles College in Catonsville, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy. For his theological studies, he opted to study in Rome and was appointed to attend the Pontifical North American College. While in Rome, Fr. Demek received a Bachelors in Sacred Theology and a Masters in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained on August 2, 1975 by Archbishop William D. Borders. Fr. Demek have served several parishes in the Baltimore area as an associate—Our Lady, Queen of Peace in Middle River, St. Thomas Aquinas in Hampden, and Shrine of the Little Flower in Belair-Edison. His mother, Marie, died in October, 1983 and his father, John, died in March, 1994. In 1987, Fr. Demek was appointed to his first pastorate at St. Bartholomew in Manchester, MD, where he served for eight years. He went on sabbatical at the Vatican II Institute in Menlo Park, CA. Upon his return to Baltimore, he was assigned to St. William of York and served there for 14 years until being asked to become the pastor of Corpus Christi in July of 2010.