House of Martin
House Patron: St. Martin de Porres
House Color: Turquoise
Feast Day: November 3
Motto: Humilitas (Humility)
Symbol: The Broom
Martin quietly performed the humblest duties in the monastery and worked tirelessly in the kitchen and infirmary. He was called “Brother Broom,” as another recognition of his simplicity and humility.
Martin’s biographers say, “his charity, as wide and deep as the ocean, was accompanied by charisms of every kind.” The turquoise color of the House of Martin is reminiscent of the ocean waves by which many generations of missionaries came to the New World. Saint Martin de Porres was born in poverty in Peru in the 16th century. His mother was a Peruvian native and his father was a wealthy Spaniard who abandoned Martin and his younger sister. In those days, persons of mixed race were not permitted full profession in religious orders, but Martin’s quiet holiness was so evident that the Dominican community broke with the custom and invited him to make vows. On the crest, the eight-pointed star represents Martin’s Dominican charism. The shape of the shield suggests that of a bowl, recalling Martin’s unflagging care for the poor and his unabated desire to serve all those he met. He quietly performed the humblest duties in the monastery - caring for African slaves, quickly raising dowries for young women in need, and working tirelessly in the kitchen and infirmary. He was called “Brother Broom,” as another recognition of his simplicity and humility. A most appropriate motto for the House of Martin, humilitas, is the chief virtue of this saint who worked wonders. Saint Martin de Porres, pray for us!
The statue of Saint Martin de Porres can be found in the rotunda opposite the library.