The Martin de Porres Center

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A 360 Degree Approach to Peace Making

Welcome to The Martin de Porres Center, our compassionate sanctuary, where we wholeheartedly dedicate ourselves to serving others through peace-making, anti-violence and empowerment. Since 2004, our commitment has been to foster stability, self-confidence and resilience through a spirit of hospitality for every person regardless of their background. We dedicate ourselves to cultivating an inclusive space for all.

Our approach is all-encompassing, addressing every facet of intercultural violence with the aim of not just healing wounds but igniting the spark of resilience within. No one needs to live in the shadows. We believe in living in the light, and your light shines brightest when we stand together supporting one another.

The Center also offers art shows and an event space for rental, ideal for conferences, lectures, performances and training sessions. We offer four meeting rooms, with meeting space for 2-200, which include numerous amenities to accommodate any occasion.

Step Into the Light

The Martin de Porres Center focuses on helping others move out of the shadows and supporting them in stepping into a life lived in the light. Through confidence-building and fostering resilience, we strive to create a nurturing environment where each voice is heard, each story is valued and each dream is supported. Together, we’ll embrace the light within and illuminate the path toward a brighter, more harmonious future.

  • Find Peace, Unity and Strength

    We are breaking barriers and building bridges by shining a light on the educational and spiritual needs of God’s people. The Martin de Porres Center offers regular programming related to spirituality and interfaith dialogue. We welcome all interested in spirituality, interdenominational discussion, education and the arts. 

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  • Why We Celebrate

    St. Martin de Porres was a Dominican saint born in 1579 in Lima, Peru. He was best known for his compassion and service to the impoverished. His example provides the guiding spirit for the Martin de Porres Center.




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  • Art Is Back at the Martin de Porres Center

    As a space for spiritual outreach, we have exhibited works of art that help us examine social justice issues and other aspects of spirituality. The Center hosts visiting exhibits from like-minded people and groups.



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“Everything, even sweeping, scraping vegetables, weeding a garden and waiting on the sick could be a prayer, if it were offered to God.”

St. Martin de Porres

How to Find the Martin de Porres Center

Who Are the Dominicans?

The Order of Preachers, abbreviated OP, is also known as the Dominicans, after our founder, St. Dominic. The Dominicans were the first itinerant order, leaving the monastery to preach the truth of the gospel and Christ’s love.

The first Dominican institution was a convent in the French city of Prouille. The order was founded in 1215 in Toulouse, France.

The first Dominican women religious in America were our foremothers, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine, founded in 1822 in Kentucky.