Dominicans and Books

Br. Bonaventure Chapman, O.P. reads in the Cloister Garden at the Dominican House of Studies.
Br. Bonaventure Chapman, O.P. reads in the Cloister Garden at the Dominican House of Studies.

“St. Dominic included study, ordained to the ministry of salvation, as an essential part of his plan for the Order: in this was no small innovation. He, who himself always carried with him the Gospel of St. Matthew and the Epistles of Saint Paul, directed the brethren to schools, and sent them to the major cities “so that they might study, preach, and establish a convent.”

— Constitutions of the Order of Preachers, §76.

Photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.