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What Is The Order?
Throughout the Judeo-Christian story, men and women caught up with the infatuation of the Holy have given themselves over to loving God extra through living intentional patterns of prayer, fasting, study, simplicity, and community. The call to a Spirit-filled life is heard by every serious Christ-follower.
Recently a number of us began to imagine what it would be like to embrace a rule of life rooted in spiritual disciplines and intentional community to answer that call. We called the dream, the Order of St. Martin de Porres.
St Martin de Porres was a Peruvian born in 1579 and was one of the very few persons of mixed race to enter the Dominican clergy in 1601. He began by volunteering at the young age of 15 and helped care for the sick in the monastery infirmary. Through his years of devotion and service, he was accepted as a Dominican oblate, or lay monastic, even when it was not customary to receive a mulatto into a religious order in Peru. He was known for his devotion to the Eucharist and constant prayer, and he refrained from eating meat as an act of austerity. In addition to his work in the infirmary, Martín distributed food and alms to the poor and needy in Lima and was friends with St. Rose of Lima, another lay Dominican. For the youth of Lima, he established a school, considered by some to be his monument.
In 1639, Martin died but through his service was mourned by everyone in, even bishops and members of the royal court in Lima. Martin's life reflected his great love for God and all of God's gifts. It is said he had many extraordinary abilities, including aerial flights, bilocation, instant cures, miraculous knowledge, spiritual knowledge, and an excellent relationship with animals. St. Martin de Porres was beatified by Pope Gregory XVI on October 29, 1837, and canonized by Pope John XXIII on May 6, 1962. He has become the patron saint of people of mixed race, innkeepers, barbers, public health workers, public education, social justice, and more. His feast day is November 3.
St. Martin de Porres is quoted once saying, "Compassion is preferable to cleanliness. Reflect that with a little soap I can easily clean my bed covers, but even with a torrent of tears I would never wash from my soul the stain that my harshness toward the unfortunate would create.", and it is this very compassion and service to the less fortunate that we aim to be vessels of.
We want to be that kind of people.
the purpose of the order of st. martin de porres
The Purpose of the Order of St. Martin de Porre is to successfully represent and pursuit all which St. Martin de Porres stood for and believed in, dedicating ourselves to the improvement of education, health, social status, and racial equality for all within the community. We aim to create and sustain communities that enact social change through research, training, support, and community mobilization.
the mission of the order of st. martin de porres
The Mission of the Order of St. Martin the Porres is to build awareness, solutions, and leadership for racial and social justice within the city, by engaging in the daily life of the community, offering transformative ideas, and engaging in progressive experiences. We aim to improve the communities by enacting social change through research, training, support, community mobilization, and last but not least preaching with words when necessary but always through our lives.
We express this mission through welcoming existing clergy and laity into an ordered life, and also through the planting, facilitating, and equipping support and training of new local (Eucharistic) worship communities gathered around the Lord Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, in the fellowship of the Apostolic Tradition and Faith passed on from our Lord Jesus Christ to His Apostles, and through them to believers of all ages.
engagement in the order of st. martin de porres
Oblates in the Order of St. Martin de Porres | Oblates individually affiliate themselves with the Order. They make a formal, private, time-framed promise (annually renewable or, after three years, for life) to follow the Rule of the Order in their private life as closely as their individual circumstances and prior commitments permit. Oblates are considered an integral part of the Order of St. Martin de Porres and have the letter ObSMDP after their names on documents.
Friends of St. Martin de Porres | Friends of St. Martin de Porres (FOSMDP) are those who have not taken a formal vow into the Order, but find the practices and rhythms of the Order to be life-giving. FOSMDP participate in a daily prayer rhythm as best as they can and participate in the life of the Order.