A Voice for the Voiceless
In 1988, Martin and Madeline White began attending Holy Trinity, a Vincentian parish in Dallas, Texas. The couple was immediately drawn to the Vincentian outreach ministry that was central to parish life.
As a physician, Martin saw firsthand the overwhelming and pressing needs of many people in his local community. He began searching for ways to meet these needs outside of his medical practice. Promoting social justice and advocating for underserved populations became his passion.
“Madeline and I had such a wonderful life,” recalls Martin. “We wanted to find ways to share our gifts with those in need.” After retiring from active medical practice, Martin befriended Fr. Tom Stehlik, C.M., and Fr. Paul Sauerbier, C.M., who encouraged him to play a more active role in creating positive change for those without a voice in the community.
Martin began working with a group of parishioners to reach out to the Hispanic families in the area – some of whom were immigrants being victimized by landlords. Many did not speak English or know the culture.
“We love the work the Vincentians do throughout the Western United States. Right here in Dallas, they have made our neighborhood and community a better place to live.”
– Martin White
“We helped them with language skills and empowered them to be more confident in speaking to people and groups that might take advantage of them – their landlords, elected officials or whoever was keeping them down.”
Over the years, the Whites became increasingly invested in supporting the work of the Vincentian priests and brothers. Their close family friend, Fr. Jack Cawley, C.M., inspired them with stories from his ministry in the Kenya mission and throughout province.
“We love the work the Vincentians do throughout the Western United States. Right here in Dallas, they have made our neighborhood and community a better place to live,” says Martin.
Martin and Madeline White have been married for 54 years and live in Dallas, near their four children and eleven grandchildren.