Upcoming Events

To register for a program, call the Center at (614) 416-1910, email martindeporres@oppeace.org, or click on the link in the event description.

September 13, 2014



Dancing before the Lord

Presented by the Bakhita Dancers

“And David danced before the Lord with all his might.” 

 An integral part of many occasions at the Martin de Porres Center, members of the Bakhita Dance Ministry of St. Dominic Church have danced before the Lord, helping us celebrate major events, including our yearly program honoring Martin de Porres’ Feast Day. 

In this workshop, the Bakhita dancers will invite us into the dance – helping us incorporate body, mind, and spirit in prayer and thanksgiving.  They will lead us in basic movements that can be done by anyone, regardless of age, gender, or physical ability.  No dance experience necessary.

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$15.00 suggested donation. Please register by September 8.

September 20, 2014



Poverty and Prayer 

Presented by Gerry Straub

Gerry Straub has had an illustrious career as a television producer in New York and Hollywood, producing popular shows such as General Hospital and The Doctors.  His work has appeared on every major network.  But having experienced a personal conversion, he now applies his considerable expertise as a film producer, filmmaker, photographer and critically acclaimed author to uncovering the living conditions of the world’s poorest people.

In this workshop, Gerry will explore how film transforms people’s hearts and can be used to serve the poor. His films shed light on poverty and its crushing impact in both human and spiritual dimensions. Gerry fleshes out the Gospel call to care for “the least” in our society through his own conversion story and with powerful clips from his many films.

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$20.00 suggested donation. Part of the donations will go to support the work of Mr. Straub. Please register by September 15.

October 23, 2014



A Visit to Temple Israel and Tifereth Israel

Interfaith Event

The Martin de Porres Center has long been committed to interfaith dialogue and reflection.  In keeping with that tradition, we invite you to join us for an afternoon visiting two Jewish temples in the area.  We will begin at Temple Israel, which was founded 160 years ago.  Temple Israel is a founding member of the Union for Reform Judaism and is served by Rabbi Misha Zinkow.

From there, we will drive to Tifereth Israel, which is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.  Rabbi Michael Ungar will be our host.  Come explore the similarities and differences between the reform and conservative traditions.

Registrants are asked to meet at 1:00 at Temple Israel, located at 5419 E. Broad St., Columbus (at the E. Broad St. exit from I-270).  At 2:00, we will head west on Broad St. to Tifereth Israel, located at 1354 E. Broad St. (just past East High School) for a 2:30 tour.  Since we will be visiting worship spaces, we ask that you kindly dress appropriately.

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Free and open to the public. Please register by October 16. 

November 2



Martin de Porres Feast Day Celebration

Presented by Fr. Maurice Nutt

From the day the Martin de Porres Center opened eleven years ago, it has been infused with the spirit of our Dominican brother, Martin – a spirit of hospitality and inclusivity.  As we begin our second decade, we once again join with the Black Catholic Ministries of the Diocese of Columbus in celebrating the feast of our patron.

Our speaker this year will be Redemptorist Fr. Maurice J. Nutt, who will also be preaching a revival at Christ the King Church.  Fr. Nutt is known for his work with preaching, evangelization, African American culture, spirituality, and community development.  He has received numerous awards for his leadership and civic efforts. 

Joining in the celebration will be the Joyful Inspiration Dance Ministry, directed by Deborah Bower.  Come early to enjoy our art exhibit, 1:00-2:00 PM, Tapicitos de Vivencia, portraying daily life in a Peruvian pueblo.  Sr. Thoma Swanson will speak about the exhibit at 1:30 PM.

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Free and open to the public. No reservations necessary.

December 14, 2014



The "Signs" of Christmas 

Christmas Concert

Looking for an extraordinary Christmas concert to get you in the mood for the holidays?  Look no further!  Come and join us for a fantastic Christmas show in American Sign Language!  Selections include a blend of traditional carols, religious songs, fun melodies, and solo performances.

“Signs” of Christmas is a non-profit organization of committed volunteers who come together each year to spread Christmas cheer and promote Deaf/Hard of Hearing awareness through the beauty of American Sign Language.  The group performs at a variety of venues in Central Ohio – including, for the first time, the Martin de Porres Center.  The program was started in 1980 by Pastor Donald Leber of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church of the Deaf and continues his vision today.

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$10.00 suggested donation. Please register by December 10.

Ongoing Programs

Second Wednesdays - Turning Leaves and Tea Leaves (book club), 2:00-3:30 pm, This monthly book club is facilitated by Marialein Anzenberger, OP, and Colleen Gallagher, OP. Join us for lively conversation with others who share your love of reading!

Third Mondays - Thomas Merton Study Group, 6:00-8:00 pm, Vespers in Motherhouse chapel are followed by discussion of Merton readings, led by Merton scholar David Belcastro, PhD.

Every Tuesday - Blue Heron Sangha, 7:15-9:00 pm, A mindfulness community in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition. For information, contact Sandy at scoen@columbus.rr.com.

Adult Literacy Program – One-on-one adult literacy tutoring is available at no cost at the Martin de Porres Center, in partnership with the Dominican Learning Center. For information, please call 614.444.7330.


Also at the Martin de Porres Center

Wellstreams Workshops – Sponsored by the Spirituality Network. Other enrichment opportunities for spiritual directors and those in the helping professions are listed at http://www.spiritualitynetwork.org/events.html. To register, call 614.228.8867.