Saint Martin de Porres

Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru, the son of a Spanish nobleman and black former slave.  After his father left his family, Martin took odd jobs and eventually became a Dominican lay brother. His unique spirit took him in many directions; he worked as a housekeeper, barber and medical technician and even founded a home for orphans. Martin kept an animal shelter at his sister's house and was beloved by many for his deep affection for the poor, sick and marginalized.

    Patron saint of:
  • barbers
  • people of mixed-race
  • pet owners
  • the poor