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Planting the Seeds of Peace

Nurturing Our Community for Growth and Connection

Nestled in the vibrant heart of Columbus, Ohio, the Martin de Porres Center draws inspiration from the legacy, compassion and dedicated service to the less fortunate exemplified by the Peruvian Saint Martin de Porres. Our Center is a dynamic force, pulsating with compassion and a commitment to the well-being of our community. With an emphasis on families and youth, we don’t just talk about change; we actively engage in community programs to craft experiences that weave together moments that echo with spirituality, open doors to impactful education and invite a profound exploration of the transformative world of art.

Our Guiding Principles:

Guided by the principle of selfless service exemplified by St. Martin de Porres, we welcome you to the heart of our organization—a thriving community built on the pillars of hospitality and peacemaking. We believe in the transformative strength that arises when diverse individuals unite, transcending differences and weaving bridges of unity. Here, we strive to support individuals to move out of the shadows and into the light, where all are seen, deeply heard and valued. Trust in our shared journey toward building a community that reflects the strength in solidarity and the beauty born in diversity.

  • Spirituality

    We wholeheartedly commit to nurturing and deepening the spiritual journey for individuals from diverse backgrounds. Through a rich tapestry of inclusive spiritual practices, workshops and support groups, we create a sacred haven where personal growth, self-discovery and the profound exploration of the divine within are embraced and supported.

  • Interfaith Dialogue

    Embracing the mosaic of religious diversity, we actively facilitate open and respectful dialogues. Our transformative programs strive to construct bridges of understanding, fostering a spirit of unity, compassion and collaboration that transcends religious boundaries.

  • Education

    Recognizing the profound impact of knowledge, we steadfastly provide accessible and enlightening educational resources. Our dynamic initiatives delve into the intersection of spirituality, philosophy and contemporary issues, empowering individuals to lead purposeful lives.

  • The Arts

    We joyfully celebrate the arts as a compelling medium for expressing and exploring the sacred. Through captivating exhibitions, we aim to inspire and uplift, inviting individuals to forge connections with their inner selves and the divine through various artistic expressions.

Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges

Our heartfelt commitment revolves around empowering families and youth, guiding them from the shadows into the radiant light of confidence, resilience and a steadfast dedication to peacemaking and non-violent approaches. With unwavering devotion, we unite to nurture a vibrant community, working collaboratively to foster growth and well-being. Together, we strive to create a space where individuals feel supported, empowered and inspired on their journey towards living in the light.