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Martin Norbert Francis Fisher

The Rev. Martin Norbert Francis Fisher, 86, of Billings, retired chaplain at St. Vincent Healthcare, died Feb. 9, 2013, at St. Vincent Healthcare.

He was born in Dickinson, N.D., on Oct. 25, 1926, to Earl V. and Faith Bernadette (Brown) Fisher. He was baptized at St. Patrick’s Church in Dickinson and received the saints name of Martin when he entered the Benedictine Order at the monastery of Assumption Abbey in Richardton, N.D., in June 1944.

After he was ordained to the priesthood on June 1, 1951, he spent 21 years working in educational apostolates in the Benedictine Community. He earned degrees from St. Pius X School of Music at Manhattanville College of Sacred Heart in Purchase, N.Y., in sacred music and from Notre Dame in liturgy.

He was sent to Bogota, Colombia, in 1968 to work in the educational apostolate of the Benedictines of Assumption Abbey. In 1972 he was sent on assignment in the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings.

In February 1983 the Holy See granted him permission to leave the Benedictine community and become a diocesan priest in the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings.

From 1987 until retirement, he was a chaplain at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings. He continued serving the diocese as a substitute priest until he moved to Bonaventure of Billings Senior Living Community.

He continued even there offering priestly and pastoral services to those in residence. He recently assisted the Rev. Joseph Ponessa in providing an English translation of the Psalms.

Survivors include a brother, Deacon Donald E. Fisher.

Vigil will be held at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. Mass of Christian burial will follow at noon Friday, Feb. 15. Committal will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

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