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“Holy Spirit, Lord of Light, From the clear celestial height Thy pure beaming radiance give.” — The opening verse of the great Sequence hymn for Pentecost, “Veni Sancte Spiritus.” Photo & Description: Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P. Stained Glass Window from St. Louis Bertrand Church in Louisville, KY.

Today, May 10th, is the feast of St. Antoninus, a Dominican friar & Archbishop.   Consecrated as Archbishop of Florence in 1446, St Antoninus immediately embarked on a steady program of reform marked by the austere simplicity of his own lifestyle as Archbishop, and by his constant concern for the poor. To mitigate the wide-spread

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. Reginald of Orleans (1180 – 1220), a doctor of laws, was a prominent public figure and distinguished scholar before becoming a Dominican, having held the chair of canon law at the University of Paris.

The following excerpt/audio is taken from Dominicana, the official blog of the Dominican Studentate: “Today the Dominican Order celebrates the feast of St. Catherine de Ricci. She’s known for her mysticism and her devotion, as found in her Canticum de Passione Domini. The studentate has translated and recorded the chant for you.” Renowned for her extraordinary mysticism, Catherine

“I wish that the Jubilee Indulgence may reach each one as a genuine experience of God’s mercy, which comes to meet each person in the Face of the Father who welcomes and forgives, forgetting completely the sin committed. To experience and obtain the Indulgence, the faithful are called to make a brief pilgrimage to the

“He has put all things under his feet and made him, as the ruler of everything, the head of the Church; which is his body, the fullness of him who fills the whole creation.” — Ephesians 1:22 This statue of Christ the King is from the reredos of the Dominican church of St. Vincent Ferrer

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. A renowned theologian, bishop, and Doctor of the Church, Albert (ca. 1200 – 1280) was born to a noble German family. Against their wishes he joined the Order of Preachers. The works of the

“Fountain of all holiness, you stirred up in our holy brothers and sisters an extraordinary love of truth, conformity to Christ crucified, and a thirst for the salvation of souls: may we imitate them in offering you thanks on account of the way of life they gave us” — From the Intercessions at Lauds for

Mother of Saint Dominic and Blessed Mannes, Blessed Jane was born of the prominent d’Aza family and married Felix de Guzman. Three of their children spent their lives in the service of the Church: Anthony, Mannes and Dominic. An early source describes her as “virtuous, chaste, prudent, and full of compassion for the poor and

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