This statue of St. Martín de Porres is found in the narthex of the parish in phoenix that bears his name. He is often depicted with a broom and animal because he “devoted himself passionately to taking care of others …. If men came to him, he took care of him; if animals came to him, he gave no less attention,” writes Giuliana Cavallini in her biography “St. Martin de Porres: Apostle of Charity.” (Tony Gutiérrez/CATHOLIC SUN)

Nov. 3

This illegitimate son of a freed Panamanian slave and a Spanish knight became a hero to the people of Lima, Peru, his birthplace, for his compassionate care of the sick and poor. Apprenticed at age 12 to a barber-surgeon, Martin also learned herbal medicine from his mother.

After working for several years at a Dominican monastery as a Third Order member, he made his profession as a lay brother in 1603. He founded an orphanage and foundling hospital, ministered to African slaves, practiced great penances and experienced mystical gifts.

Martin was carried to his grave by prelates and noblemen and all Peruvians acclaimed him their beloved saint.

He is the patron of hairdressers and interracial justice. He is also the patron of St. Martín de Porres Parish in Phoenix.