PROSPECT HEIGHTS — Many religious figures are being touted for sainthood, but perhaps few, if any, whose cause has the backing of supporters in the U.S. and Brazil.
Such is the case of Father Martin Maria de Porres Ward, who overcame multiple obstacles on a path that began when he was born Matthias DeWitte Ward in 1918 in Boston to an interracial couple who were Methodists and led to his becoming a missionary in Brazil as a friar for the Conventual Franciscans.
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