The Saint Martin that the church was named for was a originally a soldier in the Roman army stationed in France. Martin of Tours is the patron saint of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps, which has a medal in his name.
One day as he was approaching the gates of the city of Amiens, he met a scantily clad beggar. He impulsively cut his military cloak in half to share with the man. That night, Martin dreamed of Jesus wearing the half-cloak he had given away. He heard Jesus say to the angels: "Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptized; he has clad me. Martin was subsequently baptized at the age of 18.
Many churches in are named after Saint Martin of Tours including the church of St Martin-in-the-fields at Trafalgar Square in the centre of London and Saint Martin's Cathedral, in Ypres.
Martin Luther was named after St. Martin, as he was baptized on November 11 (St. Martin's Day), 1483. Many older Lutheran congregations are named after St. Martin, which is unusual (for Lutherans) because he is a saint who does not appear in the Bible. (Lutherans regularly name congregations after the evangelists and other saints who appear in the Bible but are hesitant to name congregations after post-Biblical saints.)
Fondest memory: When we were there, the church was decorated for Christmas and was very beautiful. The statue in front of the church is of Rev. Ange Marie Jan
St. Martinville is about 2 hours or so west of New Orleans near Lafayette, Louisiana. St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church is one of the oldest chruches in Louisiana. It was built in 1836 on the location of the church that the Acadians constructed after settling in Louisiana.
Fondest memory: A co-worker told me of the church, so as I was in a nearby town for Christmas, I arranged to attend midnight mass at St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church. It sits on several acres of land and was decorated in white lights to the hilt. The church itself is beautiful and includes old pews with doors. I am told that in the past, families purchased (or purchased the right) to use the pews. It even has chandeliers. The church is located on Maine St. in St. Martinville - you can't miss it.
1st pictures are from Christmas 2006 in the daylight. The following pictures are from Christmas 2007 at night.