St. Martin de Porres

Saint Martin de Porres was a 17th-century Peruvian lay brother of the Dominican Order who is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church. He is known for his humility, his care for the poor and sick, and his miraculous acts of healing. Despite facing discrimination because of his mixed-race heritage, Martin remained devoted to serving others and living a life of prayer and penance. He is often depicted with a broom, symbolizing his menial work, and surrounded by animals, which were said to have obeyed his commands. Saint Martin de Porres is revered as a model of compassion, charity, and humility.

Feast Day is on November 3
Patronage: Mixed-race people, barbers, innkeepers, public health workers, and social justice