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St. Martin de Porres

February 2018

Black History Month:
Our Parish is Proud to Honor the Life of
St. Martin de Porres (1579-1639)

St. Martin d PorresSt. Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru. When Martin was young his father, a Spanish nobleman, abandoned the family and left them in poverty. Martin wanted to become a priest, however, Peruvian law prohibited descendants of Africans and Native Americans from becoming full members of religious orders. At fifteen Martin chose to become a servant at the Dominican Convent of the Rosary in Lima. Martin eventually became a Dominican lay brother when he was 24 and spent the rest of his life caring for the sick. He is also known for his work with the poor and the establishment of an orphanage and children’s hospital. Martin ex-tended unconditional compassion and care to all people regardless of race or status. He is the patron saint of the poor, public health, and racial harmony and his feast day is November 3rd.

To you, Saint Martin de Porres, we prayerfully lift up our hearts filled with serene confidence and devotion. Mindful of your unbounded and helpful charity to all levels of society and also of your meekness and humility of heart, we offer our petitions to you. Pour out upon our families the precious gifts of your solicitous and generous intercessions; show to the people of every race and every color the paths of unity and of justice; implore from our Father in heaven the coming of his kingdom, so that through mutual benevo-lence in God men may increase the fruits of grace and merit the re-wards of eternal life.

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