Deacon Manuel I. Martinez was born in Holguin, Cuba on September 16, 1942. He's been happily married to his wife, Pierina Pinilla since 1967. They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. He holds a B.A. in Economics from The University of Holguin, and a second B.A. from the Business and Administration Institute. He came to New York in 1995. He is currently employed in the Pathology Department of Kings County Hospital. He was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Brooklyn on May 25, 2007 by Bishop Nicholas Di Marzio. Here at St. Benedict Joseph Labre, he and his wife are actively involved in the RCIA and Pastoral Counseling. They also are involved in the Pre-Cana program for the Diocese of Brooklyn.