Andre Dobison: The Life of St. Martin de Porres

As regional vice president for the Alexandria, Louisiana, branch of Primerica, Andre Dobison assists people with their insurance needs. In charitable matters, Dobison supports non-profit organizations dedicated to St. Martin de Porres.

Born in Lima, Peru, in 1579, St. Martin de Porres is recognized as the patron saint of barbers. The son of Spanish and Panamanian parents, St. Martin entered the Dominican Convent of the Holy Rosary at the age of 15. As a servant, he accepted any tasks given to him, including farm laborer, almoner, and barber. Over time, St. Martin de Porres earned a great reputation as a doctor and surgeon. He successfully treated people dealing with a variety of disorders and brought emotional peace to the ailing. Also interested in animal welfare, he established an animal hospital at his sister’s house.

In addition, myths began to form around him. People claimed to have seen St. Martin de Porres as far as Mexico and Japan despite him never having left the convent in Peru. The Legend of the Rats featured St. Martin successfully clearing the convent of rats by warning them that they were going to be poisoned and agreeing to feed them in the garden if they stopped bothering the inhabitants.