The Feast of Bl. Constantius of Fabriano

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 Read more…

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St. Margaret of Hungary

Nun and Virgin St. Margaret was born to Emperor Bela IV and Mary Lascaris in 1242. She was placed in the Monastery of Veszprem for her education and later, she received the Dominican habit in Buda. She made profession to Humbert of Romans, fifth Master General, at a meeting of the General Chapter at Buda 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 Imelda’s Miraculous Communion

On May 12th 1333, the day of the vigil of the Ascension, Blessed Imelda Lambertini, a Dominican nun aged just 9 (!) knelt in prayer and the “Light of the Host” was witnessed above her head by the sacristan, who then fetched the Priest so he could see. After seeing this miracle, the priest felt Read more…

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Bl. John of Fiesole (Fra Angelico)

The following is an excerpt from, “A Pale Light” by Br. Charles Shonk, O.P. Bl. John of Fiesole, better known as Fra Angelico, was one of the great painters of the early Renaissance. Many people don’t realize, however, that he was also a Dominican friar, and a very holy friar, too. He and his brother, Read more…

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St. Thomas Aquinas

Friar, Priest and Doctor of the Church Saint Thomas was born at Roccasecca, Italy in 1225 of the family of the Counts of Aquino. At the age of seventeen he received the habit of the Order at Naples. He was a disciple of Saint Albert the Great, and at the early age of twenty-five obtained Read more…

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Blessed Henry Suso

Friar and Priest Blessed Henry Suso was born in Constance-Swabia, Germany to- wards the end of the thirteen century and is associated with Meister Eckhart and John Tauler in the school of Dominican spirituality known as the ”Rhineland Mystics.” He pursued Divine Wisdom and manifested a great love for the Passion of the Lord. In Read more…

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Blessed Anthony Della Chiesa

Friar and Priest A member of the noble Della Chiesa family, Blessed Anthony was born at San Germano, Italy in 1394 and received the Dominican habit at Vercelli in 1417. He served as prior in several convents of the Order and labored to restore the regular life. He was known for his gentle, yet firm 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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Blessed Anna of the Angels Monteagudo

Nun and Virgin Blessed Anna was born in Arequipa, Peru, in the year 1602 and in 1619 professed solemn vows in the monastery of St. Catherine of Siena. There she fulfilled the offices of sacristan, mistress of novices and prioress. She was completely taken up in prayer with God, yet did not neglect the needs Read more…

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Blessed Stephana Quinzani

Sister and Virgin Blessed Stephana was born in 1457 near Brescia, Italy. Our Lord appeared to her when she was seven years old, accompanied by His holy Mother, Saint Dominic, Saint Thomas Aquinas and Saint Catherine of Siena, and told her He wanted her to be a Dominican like those great Saints. She was particularly Read more…

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