Celebrating the Saint of the Broom in Peru
A day full of faith and fun.
November 13, 2017 - Peru
Humble and helpful.
This is how San Martin de Porres, the 'Saint of the Broom', is remembered.
Every November 3rd, NPH Peru commemorates the anniversary of his passing; full of enthusiasm, this past November 3rd our children attended the celebration that was held in honor of St. Martin, the first black saint of the Americas.
It was 11:30 in the morning and 21 children, together with their caregivers and volunteers, headed to Hualcará, a neighborhood near our home. The air was crisp that morning, and the neighbors were gathered in the local chapel to begin this celebration with mass.
A delicious lunch was served to all those present: a plate of “sopa seca”, a typical dish of Cañete, Peru. After this, all children, full of energy, started the afternoon with fun games and contests.
Our competitive children demonstrated their skills in the racing game, a drawing and balloon dance contest, and other fun activities. Later, all accompanied our saint in a procession around the streets of Hualcará. While walking, everyone gave a bow and also prayed with great faith.
Finally, the Brotherhood of San Martin de Porres de Hualcará, Cañete, surprised our children with gifts. Big smiles drew across their faces! Boys and girls received toys and they were very grateful. The clock had already struck 6:00 p.m. and all of our youth were very happy for this unique day, full of faith and fun.
"I heal you and God heals you", San Martin de Porres used to say.
At NPH Peru, spiritual formation based on moral values is essential for our children. As San Martin de Porres taught us, we also educate our children in the faith and help them grow in Christian principles, so that they become good people and serve our community.