The Office for Black Catholics of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will hold its 52nd Annual Saint Martin de Porres Prayer and Praise Service to celebrate the canonization of Saint Martin de Porres, the patron saint of Universal Brotherhood. The presider of the service will be Reverend Frank Kelly, Pastor of Saint Ignatius of Loyola Parish. The homilist will be Monsignor Federico Britto, Pastor of Saint Cyprian Parish.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola Church
636 North 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Fellowship will follow immediately after the prayer service in the parish school hall. All are invited to attend.
Saint Martin de Porres was canonized by Pope John XXIII in 1962, making him the first saint of color in the Americas. He is known as an apostle of charity, patron of social justice, father of the sick and the poor, wonder worker of Peru, and helper in hopeless cases.
Editor’s Note: For more information contact Deacon Bill Bradley, Director of the Office for Black Catholics, at 215-587-3541.