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Saint Dominic

St. Dominic lived and worked in the same period as St. Francis - two great churchmen!


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Founder of the Order of Preachers

His life

+ Dominic de Guzmán was born in Calaruega, Spain. After studying the theology and the arts, he became an Augustinian Canon.

+ Dominic successfully worked to combat heresy in France and became a successful preacher.

+ In order to provide for the education of children, he founded  a community of nuns in Prouille, which later became the motherhouse of all communities of contemplative Dominican nuns.

+ In 1214, Dominic gathered together men who could assist him in his mission of preaching. The rule for this new community—the Order of Preachers—was approved in 1216.

+ Dominic died in Bologna, Italy, in 1221, and at his canonization in 1234, Pope Gregory IX called him a “man of the Gospel in the footsteps of the Redeemer.”

+ Saint Dominic is honored as the patron of the Dominican Republic and of astronomers.

Spiritual bonus

The earliest life of Saint Dominic was written by Blessed Jordan of Saxony. In it, he relates that before Dominic’s birth his mother, Jane of Aza, dreamed that a dog leaped from her womb carrying a torch in its mouth and “set the whole earth on fire.” In time, the order Dominic founded became known as the Dominicans and the Latin form of this name—Dominicanus-is a play on the words Domini canis: “Dogs of the Lord.” The dream came to be seen as a foreshadowing of the Dominicans mission to “set the world on fire” with the Word of God.


In the midst of the Church he opened his mouth,
and the LORD filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding
and clothed him in a robe of glory, alleluia.—Sirach 15:5


May Saint Dominic come to the help of your Church
by his merits and teaching, O Lord,
and may he, who was an outstanding preacher of your truth,
be a devoted intercessor on our behalf.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(from The Roman Missal)

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