St. Peter Martyr

At the end of the twelfth century, in Verona, Italy, St Peter was born of Manichaean parents, but converted to the Catholic faith as a young boy. As a young man he went to Bologna to study and, inspired by St Dominic’s preaching he joined the Order, receiving the habit from the hands of St Read more…

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St. John of Gorkum

John of Gorkum (d. 1572), a Dominican priest, was one of nineteen religious who were hanged by militant Calvinists in Holland for defending Church teaching. In 1572 the town of Gorkum had just been captured by the Gueux, an extremist group of Dutch Calvinists who had continued a war of independence from Spain through acts Read more…

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St. Peter of Verona (Peter Martyr)

Peter of Verona (1205 – 52) was the first canonized martyr of the Dominican Order. Born in Verona, Italy, of parents who had embraced the heresy of Cartharism, he was educated at the University of Bologna and was accepted into the Dominican Order by Dominic himself. Because the Dominicans were theologically trained preachers, the popes 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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Thomas Richard Heath, O.P.

Thomas Richard Heath, O.P. Jubilarian Born: June 19, 1920 Professed: May 28, 1944 Ordained: June 10, 1950 Died: January 13, 2005 Father Richard Thomas Heath, O.P., died late in the night of January 13, 2005, in Kisumu, Kenya, Eastern Africa, where he had lived as a member of the St. Martin de Porres Dominican community Read more…

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