St. Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru, in 1579, seven years before St. Rose. Martin grew into a man filled with compassion for the sick and suffering. He became a barber, worked as a farm laborer and an almoner (one who distributes alms).
Though of mixed blood, Martin was able to enter the Dominican clergy in 1601. Already known for his acts of self-denial and personal sacrifice he was also gifted with the ability to cure the sick. He founded a residence for orphans and abandoned children. He set up shelters for stray dogs and cats and nursed them back to health. He led a very austere life and fasted every day. He also had a great devotion to the Holy Eucharist.
Martin de Porres died in Lima on November 3, 1639. He was canonized a saint on May 6, 1962, by Pope St. John XXIII. He is the first black saint from the Americas.