St Dominic

Saint Dominic’s Ordination

In 1194 Dominic was ordained to the priesthood, receiving the Holy Spirit to become a disciple of Christ and to go out into the world, preach the Gospel, and teach all nations. Dominic was ordained in Osma, Spain, later the center of noteworthy ecclesiastical reform by Bishop Don Martin Bazan, a zealous advocate in restoring Read more…

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The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

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. Read more…

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Blessed Reginald Receiving Scapular

  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. On his way to visit the Holy Land, Reginald stopped in Rome, where he was drawn to Dominic and his Read more…

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The Life of an Itinerant Preacher

You may have an image in your mind of Saint Dominic traveling from place to place preaching the Gospel and winning over skeptical hearts for Jesus. The following is Father Bill Garrott’s account of the work he does, which closely mirrors Saint Dominic’s method of going town to town. Your support is crucial in empowering Read more…

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Holy Companions: St. Francis & St. Dominic

“You are my companion. We will work together, supporting one another toward the same end, and no one will prevail against us.” — St. Dominic to St. Francis In 1216 Dominic met Francis of Assisi in Rome. Having seen Francis in a vision the night before, Dominic recognized him and rushed to greet him. A Read more…

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St. Albert the Great

A renowned theologian, bishop, and Doctor of the Church, Albert (ca. 1200 – 1280) was born to a noble German family. Against their wishes he joined the Order of Preachers. The works of the great greek philosopher Aristotle had just been rediscovered, and the Dominicans were caught up in the wave of learning sweeping Europe. Read more…

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Blessed Jane of Aza

Mother of Saint Dominic and Blessed Mannes, Blessed Jane was born of the prominent d’Aza family and married Felix de Guzman. Three of their children spent their lives in the service of the Church: Anthony, Mannes and Dominic. An early source describes her as “virtuous, chaste, prudent, and full of compassion for the poor and Read more…

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Domini Canes

“Better to illuminate than merely to shine to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.” – St. Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologiae II-II Qu.188 a.6 Detail from the west window of St Catherine’s in New York. The dog with the torch is a symbol of the Dominican Order, whose motto is ‘Truth’. Photo & Read more…

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Lumen Ecclesiae

Dominic is referred to as “Lumen Ecclesiae” (“Light of the Church”). The “O Lumen,” a hymn to Dominic, is sung nightly in the Dominican communities throughout the world. The above excerpt is from Reflections of Dominican Spirituality: The Windows of St. Dominic Church, Washington, D.C. by Dr. Mary Moran.

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The Rosary of the Virgin Mary

While he was the reigning pontiff, Pope St. John Paul II was known for his devotion to the Most Holy Rosary. In his apostolic letter, “Rosarium Virginis Mariae,” he writes about it’s relevance to the Christian life, and the relationship between the rosary and the Order of Preachers. What follows is an excerpt from that Read more…

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St. Agnes of Montepulciano

A Dominican nun, Agnes (1268 – 1317) was renowned for her diligence in prayer and her extraordinary charity. Although born of a wealthy family in Gracchiano, Italy, she believed that charity is the only way to acquire the virtue of humility: there is no humility without charity; the one nourishes the other. She first joined 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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