Established an orphanage and children 's hospital for the poor children of the slums. Set up a shelter for the stray cats and dogs and nursed them back to health. Lived in self-imposed austerity, never ate meat, fasted continuously, and spent much time in prayer and meditation. Great devotion to the Eucharist. Friend of Saint John de Massias .
He was venerated from the day of his death. Many miraculous cures, including raising the dead attributed to Brother Martin. First black American saint.
Born: 9 December 1579 at Lima, Peru
Died: 1639 of fever
Canonized: 16 May 1962 by Pope John XXIII