Posted by: resparish | May 3, 2011

Father Robert Marx, 1955 – 2011

Father Robert Marx, a priest on leave from the Diocese of San Jose, died of a heart attack on Monday afternoon, May 2nd.  He had been living in the Diocese of San Bernardino.

Father Marx had served as an associate pastor at Church of the Resurrection from 1993 to 1995.

The Funeral Mass for Father Marx will be on Monday, May 16, at 10:00 am here at the Church of the Resurrection, followed by the Rite of Committal at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery.

Please keep Father Marx and his family in your prayers.

A seminary classmate writes:
“Well, THAT explains it”. How many people lovingly and jokingly uttered these words when after getting to know Fr. Bob Marx he revealed that he was raised on the grounds of the Winchester Mystery House. As we remember him we do so in the shadow of May 8th -his anniversary of ordination. Fr. Marx was ordained by The Most Reverend Pierre DuMaine at St. Patrick’s Proto-Cathedral the day before Mother’s Day in 1988. He celebrated his first Mass at St. Joseph of Cupertino Parish that same night.
Rev. Fr. Robert W. Marx was a native of San Jose and a priest of the Diocese of San Jose. While Fr. Bob served in a few parishes in this Diocese, Church of the Resurrection was “home” and its parishoners (you) his family. He married many of you, baptized many of you or your children and held the hands of your loved ones as he helped hand them over to the Church in glory. Most know or knew him as Fr. Bob. He was a magnetic speaker at any occasion and a dynamic preacher of the Word of God.

Fr. Bob had a deep attachment to his family and both gave and received strength from the bonds that had been formed so long ago. Fr. Bob’s desire to be true to his calling led him to take a leave of absence from active ministry many years ago. He practiced his priesthood as a teacher in Southern California. His time away doubtlessly graced the lives of many others with whom we shared him. Their lives -as ours- are better for having known him.
As Fr. Bob was raised in the “house with many rooms” here in San Jose, the ever-faithful God called Fr. Bob to his mansion wherein each of us has a place.