In 1997, the Dominican friars left the parish with Fr. Bruce Schultz, OP who was the last of a long line of those religious priests and brothers. The pariish was blessed too have permanent deacons, Roland Thomas, Albert, Freeman, James Hardy and Wilbur Coleman (all deceased). The parish then became a diocesan parish. Subsequently the parish was under the spiritual leadership of Fr. Paul Williams assisted by Br. Henry Fulmer, of the Franciscans of the Order of Friars Minor of Holy Name Province (New York City, NY) Currently, Fr. Michael Okere is the priest and Parish Administrator assisted by the deacons - Deacon Carl Johnson (ordained May 19, 2007) and Deacon Leland Cave (ordained on January 30, 2016).
Some of the organizations within the parish include the Parish Pastoral Council, Legion of Mary, Rosary Altar Society, Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver, Knights of Columbus, Youth Group, Religious Education teachers, Ministers of Holy Communion, Mass Lectors, Choir Members, Ushers, Maintenance and Grounds Volunteers, Soup Kitchen Volunteers, and various other social and administrative committees.
Our Parish was named in honor of a Dominican lay-brother, Martin de Porres from Lima, Peru. Br. Martin was the son of an African slave mother and a white father from Spain. Although Br. Martin could have chosen a wealthy man's life, instead, he chose a humble life of caring for others. We at St. Martin de Porres Church are trying to live in accordance to his legacy by welcoming all people, regardless of race or economic status.