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.

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 to celebrate the feast of our patron.

Our speaker this year will be Redemptorist Fr. Maurice J. Nutt. His presentation will focus on how the message of St. Martin de Porres is being repeated by Pope Francis, who encourages us all to serve the poor. Joining in the celebration will be the Joyful Inspiration Dance Ministry, a group of talented young dancers, directed by Deborah Bower.

Fr. Nutt is known for his work with preaching, evangelization, African American culture, spirituality, and community development. His retreats, revivals, missions, and lectures are overflowing with people eager to be inspired and a part of a joyful celebration! He is the first African American to earn a Catholic doctorate in preaching from the Aquinas Institute of Theology and has received numerous awards for his leadership and civic efforts. He is currently the Director of the Institute of Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans.

Come early to enjoy our art exhibit, Tapicitos de Vivencia, featuring tapestries worked in yarn, portraying daily life in a Peruvian pueblo. Sr. Thoma Swanson will speak about the exhibit at 1:30 PM.

View/print a PDF of the program flyer for further information.

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.

View/print a PDF of the program flyer for further information.

$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.