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Martin de Porres (1579-1639), Saint: Black Catholic History Month on A Black-American Experience!®

St. Martin de Porres on A Black-American Experience!®


The tapestry on the walls of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Downtown Los Angeles, California reflects the diversity of the Catholic Church and the Faith.

St. Martin de Porres, also St. Martin of Porres’ Feast Day is November 3 and was canonized by Pope John XXIII in 1962. He is a Dominican mystic and lay brother, me experienced many mystical gifts including bilocation and aerial flights.

Martin is the patron of interracial justice, founded an orphange and ministered to Afircan slaves brought to Lima where he was born. Outside of the Dominican Monastery he is known for care of the poor and sick. He is a friend of St. Rose of Lima and was aided by her who respected his penances and labors.

On 11/23/2008 between 1:20pm and 1:47pm, while writing about Black Catholic History Month I had several visions of St. Martin de Porres. In 1990 when Black Catholic History Month was founded, St. Martin de Porres was the first Black Saint to be Honored.

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Charles Lwanga [Martyrs of Uganda] (d. 1885-1887), Saint: Black Catholic History Month

St. Charles Lwanga died with a group of courtiers and servants in the court of King Mwanga of Uganda (r. 1884-1901). There Feast Day is June 3, and they were canonized in 1964.

Some of the Martyrs were young boys and were slain with horrible cruelty. All were convert of the White Fathers the Missionaries of Africa founded by Charles Cardinal Lavigerie in 1868. 

A shrine was erected in their honor, it is now a Basilica.

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Felicity (d. 165), Saint: Black Catholic History USA (November) Month on A Black-American Experience!®

Sts. Perpetua & Felicitas on A Black-American Experience!®


From the tapestry on the walls of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Downtown Los Angeles, California. The tapestry reflects the diversity of the Catholic and the Faith.

St. Felicity’s Feast Day is November 23, he cult is confined to local calendars and is reported to have seven sons. Felicity is the companion of Perpetua, is also named Felicitas and is the Martyred widow of Rome. She is buried in the cemetery of Maximus on the Salarian Way.

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Monica (332-387), Saint: Black Catholic History Month on A Black-American Experience!®

St. Monica on A Black-American Experience!®


Saint Monica’s Feast Day is  August 27.  She was born in Tagaste, North Africa. The widowed mother of St. Augustine of Hippo and married Patricius, a dissolute and violent pagan, bearing his children

  1. Augustine,
  2. Navigius, and
  3. Perpetua.

Monica prayed for the conversion of St. Augustine and followed him to Rome in 383. St. Augustine was baptized in Milan in 386.

Monica died at Ostia, Italy when preparing to return to Africa. She is the patroness of married women and a model for Christian Mothers. Her relics are enshrined at the church of St. Augustine in Rome.

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Augustine, Saint (d. 273): Black Catholic History Month A Black-American Experience!®

St. Augustinge on A Black-American Experience!®


The tapestry on the walls of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Downtown Los Angeles, California reflects the diversity of the Catholic Church and the Faith.

St. Augustine’s Feast day is September 6. He is a Spanish martyr with Sancitian and Beata. The Three Christians of Spain fled to Gaul (modern day France). The Three were arrested and martyred near Sens.

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Source:

Bunson, Matthew, Bunson, Margaret, Bunson, Stephen (1998). Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of SAINTS. Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division.

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Benedict the Moor (Black), Saint (d. 1589): Black Catholic History Month (November) USA on A Black-American Experience!®

St. Benedict the Moor on A Black-American Experience!®


The tapestry on the walls of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Downtown Los Angeles, California reflects the diversity of the Catholic Church and the Faith.

St. Benedict the Moor’s Feast day is April 4th, also called St. Benedict the Black, the name Moor is the Italian word for “black”. He was a black slave and the Patron Saint for African-Americans. He was born in Italy when freed, he became a superior of a large group of recluses that Pope Pius IV (r. 1559-1565) disbanded.

St. Benedict the Moor was illiterate, he entered the Franciscans as a lay brother, his many miracles and holiness brought countless visitors to the monastery and despite his illiteracy, he was named superior of the monastery.

St. Benedict the Moor was canonized 1807.

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Source:

Bunson, Matthew, Bunson, Margaret, Bunson, Stephen (1998). Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of SAINTS. Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division.

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