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Saint Martin de Porres
1579 – 1639
Canonized May 6, 1962
Feast Day November 3
Saint Martin de Porres was known as a healer and servant of the poor. Born the son of a Spanish nobleman and a Panamanian freed slave, he grew up poverty-stricken in Lima, Peru, until becoming a lay helper for the Dominicans at age 15. Although at the time men of mixed race were not permitted to join the order, Saint Martin’s compassion and humility convinced the Dominicans to allow him to become a monk. Saint Martin worked tirelessly to help those in need, regardless of race or social status.
Saint Martin de Porres. pray for us.
The saintly man was born to modest beginnings, the illegitimate son of a Spanish Nobleman and a freed former slave in Lima, Peru in 1569; he had one sister, born in 1581. All his life Martin was profoundly humble, and had a great sense of the magnanimity of God. Even as a child, Martin would spend hours each night in prayer. He was joyous when at age 10, he was placed with a surgeon to learn the medical arts; this path in life would allow him to exercise charity to his neighbor and care for the sick while earning his living.
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