Padua Center / St. Martin de Porres Parish. Toledo, Ohio

Padua Center Mission Statement:

To be a Christian community-based presence empowering people at all stages of life to achieve their maximum potential through education, counseling, support and community involvement. The principles of Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba): unity (umoja), self-determination (kujichagulia), collective work (ujima), cooperative economics (ujamaa), purpose (nia), creativity (kuumba) and faith (imani) are the basis for all programs of The Padua Center.


On Saturday, October 29th, St. Martin de Porres Catholic Parish in Toledo celebrated the Blessing of the St. Martin de Porres Community Center on the parish campus.

These buildings were the former St. Ann School and are now being transformed into a Center of community hope and growth, offering all kinds of services to the neighborhood community.

Toledo’s former Mayor, current Toledo Council Persons, U.S. Representative Marci Kaptur, along with parish and community members celebrated the event as Bishop Daniel Thomas blessed the endeavor and each activity room. Of course, Sister Ginny Welsh, OSF, orchestrated the celebration and provided the inclusive history leading up to the Center’s opening.

What a wonderful gift to the people of Toledo’s inner-city community!

How to reach the Padua Center

For more information on Padua Center of Toledo 

contact Sr. Virginia Welsh at 419.241.6465

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St. Martin de Porres Mission Statement:

We are this community of St. Martin de Porres, Rooted in the Word and the Eucharist, A Prophetic Presence, Energized by racial, social and cultural diversity; Fired by the Pentecost Spirit, Dedicated to spreading the Gospel of Christ in the Toledo central city and beyond.

How to reach St. Martin de Porres

For more information on St. Martin de Porres Parish of Toledo 

contact Sr. Virginia Welsh at 419.241.4544 

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