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When Dominic was in Rome seeking papal confirmation of his Order, he had a mystical experience in which St. Peter and St. Paul played an important role. While waiting to see Honorius III, Dominic took refuge in prayer. His favorite shrine was the Vatican basilica, where, night after night, he invoked the aid of St.

Above, a relic of St Dominic – part of his skull – is being translated into the main church during the General Chapter of the Order of Preachers held in Rome in 2010. Photo and historical background from Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. Today, 24 May, is the Solemnity of the Translation of St Dominic, which

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 image of God in man manifests itself in many different ways, and one notable way is through the lives of the Saints. The lives of the Saints are commentaries on the Gospel—concrete examples of living heroic Christian lives. In each of their lives, they manifest important characteristics of what it means to be followers

Today we celebrate the Feast of Saint Vincent Ferrer, a 14th century Dominican priest & confessor. This polychrome marble statue of the saint is in St. Vincent Ferrer Church in New York City. The saint holds a book saying: “Fear God for the hour of judgement is coming.” St. Vincent was one of the greatest preachers

“There is a general rule concerning all special graces granted to any human being. Whenever the divine favor chooses someone to receive a special grace, or to accept a lofty vocation, God adorns the person chosen with all the gifts of the Spirit needed to fulfill the task at hand. This general rule is especially verified

Dominicans are often noted for their joy.  Yet, there was one Dominican blessed noted for his sorrow: Bl. Constantius of Fabriano (1401-1481, feast – Feb. 24). Bl. Constantius entered the Dominicans at at the age of 15 in Fabriano, Italy, at the Convent of St. Lucy, which was noted for having Bl. John Dominici, Bl. Lawrence

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

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