St. Louis Bertrand

A Dominican friar, Louis Bertrand (1526 – 81) was born Luis Beltran in Valencia, Spain, where he spent most of his ministry. However, he is renowned for his missionary work in Colombia, Panama, and the Lesser Antilles from 1562 to 1568 and is credited with baptizing many Native Americans. First assigned to the territory of Read more…

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Dominican Pleading with Queen Isabella

The fifteenth century was the age of exploration, and the Dominicans became active missionaries to the newly discovered lands. An important advocate of Christopher Columbus’ great venture of 1492 was Bishop Diego de Deza, the Dominican bishop of Palencia, whose own goal was to establish missions along Columbus’ proposed route. Diego persuaded local Dominicans to Read more…

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St. Vincent Ferrer

Born in the province of Valencia, Spain, Vincent Ferrer (1350 – 1419) joined the Dominican friars in 1367. In Spain, France, and elsewhere he drew huge crowds among Jews and Muslims as well as Christians as he warned of the evils of the time and preached the need for penance and church reform. A significant Read more…

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