De Porres Center for Community Service
Heeding the Christian call to serve the poor, the Office of Campus Ministry's De Porres Center provides opportunities for involvement in serving the local and global communities. Named after the 16th century saint of the Dominican Order, St. Martín de Porres who lived and ministered in Lima, Peru devoting his life to prayer, love of neighbor and care for creation. Martín was born in 1579 of Juan de Porres, a Spanish nobleman and Anna Valesques, an African freedwoman. At his death on November 3, 1639, Martín was immediately hailed as a saint for his service to the poor and tireless work of reconciliation among those divided by race, ethnicity and religion. Canonized by the Catholic Church in 1962, he was named the patron saint of social justice for the universal Church.
It is in the spirit of St. Martín that the Center develops and promotes volunteer opportunities on a weekly and monthly basis and organizes several community service events throughout the year, such as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and the Volunteer Fair. The Center supports activities of service and social action by student clubs and groups. It also provides a location for students to learn about and get involved in volunteer and social justice opportunities available in the local community.
In addition, the Center encourages Barry students to make the connections between faith, service, justice, and the mission of the University by providing opportunities for theological reflection and integrative workshops. Campus Ministry is always looking for student leaders, motivated by the Gospel call to serve their neighbor; to help promote student involvement, schedule volunteer trips, and special events and to create a spirit of teamwork, responsibility, and collaboration among students and local placement sites.
Grounded in the University’s mission and Catholic identity, the De Porres Center for Community Service promotes personal and social transformation through community engagement and social justice opportunities. The De Porres Center forms students to become active citizens addressing critical needs in their community, while also developing as compassionate, reflective and effective leaders.