Martin was the infirmarian for the monastery of Dominican friars and brothers in Lima, Peru who was known for his charity and care for those who were sick, in prison, hungry and living in poverty. Many were Indian, Africans and those thrown out and who were avoided by “good Christian society.”
Martin seemed to possess a thirst for relieving distress and embraced every opportunity that presented itself to show his compassion for those who were suffering. Besides being charitable, he also looked for opportunities to help the poor provide for themselves. For example, Martin had seen a vacant lot in the middle of an area where the poor were congregated and planted fruit trees that would provide food for many years to come.
When he died at sixty years of age, the whole city including the wealthy and the poor mourned his passing.