The Dominican Order in the 17th-19th Centuries

“The 17th and 18th c. were an age of mysticism* (among French Dominicans) and of prospering missions all the way to China* and the Philippines,* as well as the West Indies (presented in John Baptist Labat’s remarkable narratives). The French Revolution was a blow for the Dominican order in France and beyond; while the Spanish provinces partially and temporarily disassociated themselves from the authorities of the order. 

The 19th c. was a time of reconstruction, led by Edward Dominic Fenwick in the USA (from 1804) and Lacordaire* in France (c. 1840). One of Lacordaire’s first companions, Vincent Jandel, became master general of the order. Congregations of sisters proliferated everywhere, with specialized apostolates in schools and hospitals. Cloistered monasteries were restored and new lay organizations organized.”

An excerpt from the entry “Dominican Order” by Guy-Thomas Bedouelle, O.P., in The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity (2010). Fr. Bedouelle is the author of several entries in this dictionary: Devotio Moderna; Dominic, St; Dominican Order; Elisabeth of Hungary; Lefèvre d’Étaples.