St. Catherine de Ricci

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 Read more…

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Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati

Lay Dominican Pier Giorgio Frassati was born on April 6, 1901 in Turin, Italy to a family of political and social means. He attended the university of Turin as an engineering student. Giorgio was a popular student, a known social activist, and a servant to the poor and oppressed in fascist Italy. He joined the Read more…

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Blessed Benedict XI

A Dominican friar who later became pope, Benedict XI (1240 – 1304) was born Nicholas Boccasina to poor parents in Treviso, Italy. As a child, he was placed in the care of an uncle who was a priest there. He proved highly intelligent, so his uncle taught him Latin and other clerical subjects. Benedict was Read more…

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Blessed Peter of Ruffia

Friar, Priest and Martyr Blessed Peter was born at Ruffia, Italy, around 1320. He entered the Order at an early age and was known for his personal austerity, his sound doctrine and his spirit of self-denial. He was appointed Inquisitor General of Piedmont in 1351 to deal with the Waldensians. He was martyred by some of Read more…

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Blessed Marcolino of Forli

Friar and Priest Blessed Marcolino was born in Forli, Italy in 1317 and entered the Dominican Order as a youth. He loved silence and solitude and was noted for his devotion to the Virgin Mother of God. He supported the reform efforts of Raymond of Capua, faithfully carried out his priestly ministry and performed works Read more…

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Blessed Andrew of Peschiera

Friar and Priest Blessed Andrew was born at Peschiera, Italy in 1400 and entered the Order in a reformed priory of the Congregation of Lombardy. Itinerant preaching was his life’s ministry, especially in the Valtelline region of the Italian Alps where he labored for forty-five years. Traveling on foot and living with the poor, he Read more…

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