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Only in Print: Martin Maria de Porres Ward Considered for Sainthood

Father Martin Maria de Porres Ward’s devotion as a missionary in Brazil has inspired Catholics from that country and admirers back in his native U.S. to promote him for sainthood. (Photo: Courtesy of Our Lady of the Angels Province of the Conventual Franciscans)

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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