Martin de Porres

Dominican lay brother and saint

Saint Martin de Porres (December 9, 1579 – November 3, 1639) is a Christian Saint of Dominican Order.[1] He is the patron saint of social justice.[2] He is also the patron saint of race relations, African-Americans, barbers and hairdressers.[2] He was born in Lima, Peru where he is venerated in the large basilica of Santo Domingo. On his feast day, November 3rd, many churches have a ceremony.

St. Martin de Porres

Early lifeEdit

Saint Martin was born to Juan de Porras, a Spanish hidalgo, and Ana Velásquez, a black woman . He was originally named Martín de Porres Velázquez.


  1. "Martín Porres Biography". Encyclopedia of World Biography. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "St. Martin de Porres". American Catholic. Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2016.

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