Martin F. Machovec
Date of Birth
May 17, 1936
Kansas City, Missouri
Entered into Rest
March 26, 2019
Wahoo, Nebraska
Mass of Christian Burial Directions

Saturday, May 18, 2019 ~ 10:00 a.m.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church ~ Prague, Nebraska
Interment at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery ~ Wahoo, Nebraska

Visitation & Rosary Directions

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Visitation ~ 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Rosary ~ 9:45a.m.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church ~ Prague, Nebraska

Memorials – in lieu of flowers

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Martin’s memory to Tekakwitha Learning Center for Children, c/o St. Ann’s Church, 1112 Third Street, Waubun, MN 56589

Martin F. Machovec, former Oblate of Mary Immaculate missionary priest, passed away on March 26, 2019 at South Haven Living Center in Wahoo, Nebraska following a brief illness.

Born in Kansas City, MO on May 17, 1936, he was the son of the late Dr. Frank T. and Anna (Hills) Machovec.  He attended Assumption Grade School where his mom recalled “Martin found his vocation” sitting on the rectory steps where he was sent for “mischief in school.”  It was there”, Martin wrote, “that he was given words of encouragement instead of blame by Monsignor Schumacher.”

Martin’s Oblate high school and college education was at Our Lady of the Ozarks Seminary, Carthage, Missouri, and at Pine Hills College and Our Lady of Snows Scholasticate, both in Pass Christian, MS.

He was ordained at St. Paul’s Church in Pass Christian, MS on September 10, 1961 by Bishop Joseph Brunini and celebrated his first Mass at Assumption Church, his home parish.

His ministry included teaching at Our Lady of Ozarks, Carthage, MO and Althoff High School, Belleville, IL; Assistant Pastor at Assumption Parish, Richfield, MN; Vocation Director at Our Lady of the Ozarks, Carthage, MO.; teacher and Vocation Director at St. Henry’s Seminary, Belleville, IL; Youth Retreats at King’s House of Retreats, Belleville, MO; Associate Pastor at St. John the Baptist Church, Green Bay WI; Vocation Director at the Oblate House of Studies, Omaha; pastoral team member of the Catholic Community, Sisseton, SD; Pastor at St. Benedict’s Parish, White Earth, MN; and Pastor at St. Casimir Parish, St. Paul, MN.

While Associate pastor in Green Bay, WI, Father Martin was instrumental in the establishment and growth of Teens Encounter Christ (TEC), a three-day weekend retreat for youth and young adults.  While Pastor in White Earth, MN, he enjoyed, cared for, and interacted with the native children of White Earth reservation.  He also worked toward the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha.

Father Martin was known for being a fine homilist.  He was an avid post stamp collector and accumulator of books.  He had a love of reading and was adept at storytelling and writing.  He enjoyed challenging word games and crossword puzzles, gardening and cooking, and listening to Catholic Radio.  He especially enjoyed good conversations, photographing old barns along country roads and traveling by car and train.  An encyclopedic knowledge and love of baseball began while playing the sport during summer visits to his Machovec grandparents’ farm in Wahoo and Pop’s, Uncle Jack and Aunt Frances’ farm in Malmo.  He wrote that It was at these farms that he learned about “simplicity and respect for the earth and nature.”

Martin was predeceased by his parents: brothers-in-law, Clifton Colby and James Cooney; niece and nephews, Christopher Everett, Benjamin and Payton Watson, and Carl DeVellis.

He is survived by his sisters, Frances Ann Goode, Jamestown, RI, Mary Cooney, Weston, NE, Martha (Lewis) Everett, Mountain View, AR, and Ann Colby, Abington, MA as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and members of the Oblate Community.

Condolences for Martin F. Machovec
  1. Harriet
    • March 27, 2019 - 4 months ago

    Rest in Peace Father Mac. You certainly deserve It. You will always be remembered as a caring man of faith. To me, my favorite priest White Earth knew whose Village of Faith sermons will not be forgotten. Thank you for caring and for the friendship you showed our family and communities. We love you and miss you and find peace in knowing you are now in Heaven’s care. Please give mom, dad, and Frank hugs. God Bless

  2. Patrick Pacheco
    • April 1, 2019 - 4 months ago

    Angels attend them to thy rest, Father Machovec. As W.H. Auden said of the poet, W.B. Yeats, “Earth, Received an honoured guest.”

  3. Pat Hanson
    • April 1, 2019 - 4 months ago

    So saddened to hear of your passing , but happy to know your an angel now watching over us.. Your heartfelt friendship will always be remembered , your personality of deep faith and abiding love for us in the White Earth community continues to be a great legacy you left us . Your time here was not long enough and most were so sad to see you have to leave our community at the time. Just know always “In the little village of faith” you will never be forgotten and will continue to live on in our hearts forever . I appreciated you so much for coming back and leading & sharing my Dads funeral when I asked this of you . Rest easy now and fly high with the eagles !! and Thank You for your footprint on my heart.. Pat & Russ Hanson and family…

  4. Ron Knobbe
    • April 29, 2019 - 3 months ago

    Martin was and is a very good decent man and Priest. I was on the Faculty of St. Henry’s Prep Seminary and he was there living in Community at the same time. He was kind, sensitive, very intelligent with a great sense of humor. He brought a lot of Love into the lives of those he came into encounter with. My thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends. He will be missed. He is in my Prayers and Thoughts.

  5. Trudy Machovec
    • May 18, 2019 - 2 months ago

    Wish I was there with the clan to reminisce about Martin and his beautiful quirkiness. Such an intelligent guy with a good sence of humor and plenty of wit to go along.Miss you all and have faith we will all be together one fine day.

  6. Ruth (Johnson) Holloway
    • May 30, 2019 - 2 months ago

    Fr. Mac had a profound effect on many hearts while in Green Bay, WI. He possessed a profound love for all teens and established TEC here in GB. He was a wonderful friend and confidant. I will forever be grateful to God for sending Mac to GB. He changed the way I experienced Jesus. Thank you, Mac. Well done, my good and faithful servant! We will be holding a memorial mass for him here at St. John’s on June 11. All are welcome!

  7. Shannon George-Larson
    • June 1, 2019 - 2 months ago

    I will always remember Father Mac with great affection. I met him when he served at Saint Peter’s Church in Sisseton, South Dakota. He was a caring priest, friend, and confidant to my husband and me. He baptized both of my children. He helped me grow in my faith and made a difference in my life. My deepest condolences to his family.

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