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Nov. 3rd: 'Martin De Porres'-Day

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  • multiracialbookclub
    Martin De Porres (1579 - 1639) [Martin De Porres - Mixed-Race - Patron Saint] The Patron Saint of Mixed-Race people and of all those seeking interracial
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 31, 2006
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      Martin De Porres

      (1579 - 1639)
       

       

      Martin De Porres - Mixed-Race - Patron Saint

       

      The Patron Saint of Mixed-Race people and
      of all those seeking interracial harmony.

      Martin was born in Lima, Peru, in 1579, the son
      of a White / Spanish knight, Juan de Porres, and a free
      Black / Negro woman from Panama, Anna Velásquez.

      After the birth of their second child, Juan departed,
      leaving the mother and children to fend for themselves.

      For many years Martin was rejected by
      his father because of his dark skin.

      As a child Martin grew up in terrible poverty but none the less,
      even at that early age, showed considerable compassion and
      generosity for the poor, often parting with his mother's meagre
      resources to help those he felt to be less fortunate than himself.

      Some years later Juan de Porres returned
      to the family and although he did not stay
      permanently, he saw to Martin's education.

      At the age of twelve Martin became apprenticed to a barber,
      which in those times also meant that he studied surgery.

      Three years later he joined the Dominican order
      as a lay-brother working as a barber, a surgeon
      and farm labourer but above all caring for
      the poor, whatever their "race" or 'color'.

      At first the other Dominicans looked down on Martin
      because he was Mixed-Race but he eventually
      won them over by his exceptional humility.

      He would spend his nights in prayer and penance and by day
      he used the skills he had learned in his apprenticeship to
      nurse the sick and plague-stricken in the slums of Lima.


      Martin was a prolific organizer.

      He raised money by begging in order to help
      the poorest and most destitute of the city.

      He established an orphanage, a children's hospital
      in the slums and even a shelter for stray animals.

      Martin was particularly concerned for the welfare of the
      Black slaves who had been brought to Peru from Africa and
      whose "owners" had the power of life (and death) over them.

      The Dominican community recognized Martin's 
      work to such an extent that they accepted his spiritual
      direction, deferring on him the name 'Father of Charity'.

      In 1639 at the age of sixty Martin died of a violent fever.

      At his death-bed the Spanish viceroy, the Count of Chinchón,
      came to kneel before him and ask for his blessing.

      Martin received a beatification in 1837 and 
      was canonized by Pope John XXIII in 1962.

      St. Martin de Porres is considered to be the
      patron saint for people of Mixed-Race.


      He never forgot his humble origins and through his life demonstrated
      that he was a man who was deeply concerned about racial justice.

      Three hundred and fifty years after his death Martin de Porres is
      recognized as an inspiration to all those seeking interracial harmony,
      not on account of any political or revolutionary activity of his but for
      his charity and service to people of all races, even those too proud to accept it.

    • tlbaker1
      At first the other Dominicans looked down on Martin because he was Mixed-Race but he eventually won them over by his exceptional humility. Insane, aren’t the
      Message 2 of 3 , Nov 1, 2006
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        At first the other Dominicans looked down on Martin
        because he was Mixed-Race but he eventually
        won them over by his exceptional humility.

         

        Insane, aren’t the Dominicans mixed race?????? 
        Well I guess this was in the 16th century, go figure. 
        Poor thing, he has a sweet face…

         

        Lynne

         


        From: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
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        On Behalf Of
        multiracialbookclub
        Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 11:37 PM
        To: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [Generation-Mixed] Nov. 3rd: 'Martin De Porres'-Day

         

        Martin De Porres

        (1579 - 1639) 

         

        Martin De Porres - Mixed-Race - Patron Saint 

        The Patron Saint of Mixed-Race people and
        of all those seeking interracial harmony.


        Martin was born in Lima , Peru , in 1579, the son
        of a White / Spanish knight, Juan de Porres, and a free
        Black / Negro woman from Panama , Anna Velásquez.

        After the birth of their second child, Juan departed,
        leaving the mother and children to fend for themselves.

        For many years Martin was rejected by
        his father because of his dark skin.

        As a child Martin grew up in terrible poverty but none the less,
        even at that early age, showed considerable compassion and
        generosity for the poor, often parting with his mother's meagre
        resources to help those he felt to be less fortunate than himself.

        Some years later Juan de Porres returned
        to the family and although he did not stay
        permanently, he saw to Martin's education.

        At the age of twelve Martin became apprenticed to a barber,
        which in those times also meant that he studied surgery.

        Three years later he joined the Dominican order
        as a lay-brother working as a barber, a surgeon
        and farm labourer but above all caring for
        the poor, whatever their "race" or 'color'.

        At first the other Dominicans looked down on Martin
        because he was Mixed-Race but he eventually
        won them over by his exceptional humility.

        He would spend his nights in prayer and penance and by day
        he used the skills he had learned in his apprenticeship to
        nurse the sick and plague-stricken in the slums of Lima .


        Martin was a prolific organizer.

        He raised money by begging in order to help
        the poorest and most destitute of the city.

        He established an orphanage, a children's hospital
        in the slums and even a shelter for stray animals.

        Martin was particularly concerned for the welfare of the
        Black slaves who had been brought to Peru from Africa and
        whose "owners" had the power of life (and death) over them.

        The Dominican community recognized Martin's 
        work to such an extent that they accepted his spiritual
        direction, deferring on him the name 'Father of Charity'.

        In 1639 at the age of sixty Martin died of a violent fever.

        At his death-bed the Spanish viceroy, the Count of Chinchón,
        came to kneel before him and ask for his blessing.

        Martin received a beatification in 1837 and 
        was canonized by Pope John XXIII in 1962.

        St. Martin de Porres is considered to be the
        patron saint for people of Mixed-Race.


        He never forgot his humble origins and through his life demonstrated
        that he was a man who was deeply concerned about racial justice.

        Three hundred and fifty years after his death Martin de Porres is
        recognized as an inspiration to all those seeking interracial harmony,
        not on account of any political or revolutionary activity of his but for
        his charity and service to people of all races, even those too proud to accept it.

      • j s
        I think this story is referring to the Dominican religious order, like the Franciscans or Cappuchins, not the population of Dominican Repuublic. tlbaker1
        Message 3 of 3 , Nov 1, 2006
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          I think this story is referring to the
          Dominican religious order, like the Franciscans or
          Cappuchins, not the population of Dominican Repuublic.

          tlbaker1 <tlbaker1@...> wrote:


          At first the other Dominicans looked down on Martin
          because he was Mixed-Race but he eventually
          won them over by his exceptional humility.


          Insane, aren’t the Dominicans mixed race?????? 
          Well I guess this was in the 16th century, go figure. 
          Poor thing, he has a sweet face…

          Lynne



          From: Generation-Mixed@ yahoogroups. com
          [mailto:Generation- Mixed@yahoogroup s.com]
          On Behalf Of
          multiracialbookclub
          Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 11:37 PM
          To: Generation-Mixed@ yahoogroups. com
          Subject: [Generation- Mixed] Nov. 3rd: 'Martin De Porres'-Day


          Martin De Porres


          (1579 - 1639) 
           

          The Patron Saint of Mixed-Race people and
          of all those seeking interracial harmony.


          Martin was born in Lima , Peru , in 1579, the son
          of a White / Spanish knight, Juan de Porres, and a free
          Black / Negro woman from Panama , Anna Velásquez.

          After the birth of their second child, Juan departed,
          leaving the mother and children to fend for themselves.

          For many years Martin was rejected by
          his father because of his dark skin.

          As a child Martin grew up in terrible poverty but none the less,
          even at that early age, showed considerable compassion and
          generosity for the poor, often parting with his mother's meagre
          resources to help those he felt to be less fortunate than himself.

          Some years later Juan de Porres returned
          to the family and although he did not stay
          permanently, he saw to Martin's education.

          At the age of twelve Martin became apprenticed to a barber,
          which in those times also meant that he studied surgery.

          Three years later he joined the Dominican order
          as a lay-brother working as a barber, a surgeon
          and farm labourer but above all caring for
          the poor, whatever their "race" or 'color'.

          At first the other Dominicans looked down on Martin
          because he was Mixed-Race but he eventually
          won them over by his exceptional humility.

          He would spend his nights in prayer and penance and by day
          he used the skills he had learned in his apprenticeship to
          nurse the sick and plague-stricken in the slums of Lima .


          Martin was a prolific organizer.

          He raised money by begging in order to help
          the poorest and most destitute of the city.

          He established an orphanage, a children's hospital
          in the slums and even a shelter for stray animals.

          Martin was particularly concerned for the welfare of the
          Black slaves who had been brought to Peru from Africa and
          whose "owners" had the power of life (and death) over them.

          The Dominican community recognized Martin's 
          work to such an extent that they accepted his spiritual
          direction, deferring on him the name 'Father of Charity'.

          In 1639 at the age of sixty Martin died of a violent fever.

          At his death-bed the Spanish viceroy, the Count of Chinchón,
          came to kneel before him and ask for his blessing.

          Martin received a beatification in 1837 and 
          was canonized by Pope John XXIII in 1962.

          St. Martin de Porres is considered to be the
          patron saint for people of Mixed-Race.


          He never forgot his humble origins and through his life demonstrated
          that he was a man who was deeply concerned about racial justice.

          Three hundred and fifty years after his death Martin de Porres is
          recognized as an inspiration to all those seeking interracial harmony,
          not on account of any political or revolutionary activity of his but for
          his charity and service to people of all races, even those too proud to accept it.


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