Martin of Charity, Martin the Charitable, Saint of the Broom
Date of Birth:
December 9, 1579
Date of Death:
November 3, 1639
Known for his noble heart and miraculous powers, he exerted all his efforts to reach out to the poor, heal the sick, and care for children.
Saint Martin was also known for his capacity to be in two places at once, a phenomenon called “bilocation”.
Martin de Porres (December 9, 1579 – November 3, 1639) was a lay brother of the Dominican Order who was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI and canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII. He is the patron saint of mixed-race people and all those seeking interracial harmony.
He was noted for work on behalf of the poor, establishing an orphanage and a children's hospital. He maintained an austere lifestyle, which included fasting and abstaining from meat. Among the many miracles attributed to him were those of levitation, bilocation, miraculous knowledge, instantaneous cures, and an ability to communicate with animals.