Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


St. Martin De Porres Mass To Be Held At Mission

Published October 29, 2009

All are invited to the 4 p.m. Mass and procession, which will be followed by a reception. The event is sponsored by the Brotherhood of St. Martin de Porres of Atlanta.

St. Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru, in 1579. His father was a Spanish gentleman, and his mother was from Panama. At 15 years of age, he became a lay brother at the Dominican Friary at Lima and spent his life there as a barber and farm laborer, among other things.

St. Martin had a great desire to do foreign mission work and thus earn the palm of martyrdom. However, since this was not possible, he made a martyr out of his body, devoting himself to ceaseless and severe penances. In turn, God endowed him with many graces and wondrous gifts, such as aerial flights and bilocation.

A close friend of St. Rose of Lima, he died on Nov. 3, 1639, and was canonized on May 6, 1962. His feast day is Nov. 3.

Our Lady of Americas Mission is located at 4603 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn. For more information, call (770) 309-0542 or (678) 859-3186 or visit