St. Marin de Porres was born Juan Martin de Porres Velazquez on the 9 December 1579 in Lima Peru. The illegitimate son of a Spanish noble Don Juan de Porres and a freed Panamanian slave Ana Velazquez of African and possible Amerindian descent.
Initially St. Martin was apprenticed to a barber/surgeon however at age 15 he asked for admission to the Dominica Convent of the Rosary in Lima where he started as a servant boy later becoming an almoner. By law St. Martin was barred from becoming a full member of a religious order in Peru due to being a Mulatto.
Despite his mixed background St. Martin became a Dominican lay brother and was assigned to the infirmary. During an epidemic in Lima many friars became ill and were locked away in a distant part of the convent in order to prevent the spread of sickness. St. Martin however disobeyed the rules of the convent multiple times in order to help the sickly friars.
During his time at the convent he was admired for his love of God and the care he gave people regardless of their background as well as founding an orphanage. This was probably influenced by his own treatment as a mixed race person as well as having been abandoned by his father at a young age.
St. Martin dead after a year long illness in 1639. In 1982 he was canonized as the patron saint of mixed race people, public health workers, innkeepers and barbers his feast day is on the 3rd of November.
St. Martin lived a pious and simple life but managed to touch the lives of many through acts of kindness. He was a great mixed race person amongst other things and should be an inspiration to all mixed race people. We as multiracials should follow St. Martins example and try to help others through acts of kindness.
I hope others are as inspired as much as I am by St. Martin and his life especially considering that today the 27th of June is Mixed race day.