Thursday, May 20, 2010

St. Martin de Porres (Dec. 9, 1579 to Nov. 3, 1639)

St. Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru on Dec. 9, 1579. He was the illegimate son of a father of Spanish royalty and a mother who was a black former slave.
St. Martin de Porres, a Dominican cooperator brother, established a children's hospital and orphanage. He worked with the needy and died in Lima on Nov. 3, 1639. He is a patron saint of mixed race people, race relations, schools, and education. Canonized: 1962. His feast day is Nov. 3.

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