St Dominic

St. Dominic, Papal Theologian

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. The Dominicans responded to the specific needs they perceived in the contemporary church. One task they took on was combating heresy through learned preaching well grounded in careful theological preparation. While in Rome, Dominic Read more…

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Establishing Foundation in Poland

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. In 1220 Bishop Ivo Odrowatz, the Polish bishop of Krakow, made a pilgrimage to Rome with his two nephews, the brothers Hyacinth and Ceslaus. While there they witnessed Dominic’s miraculous raising to life of Read more…

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First General Chapter

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. The First General Chapter, at which Dominic presided, was held in 1220 in Bologna on the feast of Pentecost. A key objective was to organize the Dominican Order and frame its Constitution. Dominic wanted Read more…

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St. Dominic Raises Dead Child

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. Dominic was one of the few of Christ’s servants graced with the special charism of healing, and many healing miracles were attributed to his intercession. While in Rome, Dominic often preached at the church Read more…

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Miracle at St. Sixtus

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. As the number of his brothers and communities increased, Dominic constantly traveled among them to encourage community members in their undertakings. After stays in Paris and Prouille he returned to Rome in January 1218. Read more…

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St. Dominic Disperses Brethren

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. From the beginning Dominic insisted that his friars seek knowledge not for its own sake but to be “lights of the world.” “To contemplate and to give to others the fruits of contemplation” became Read more…

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St. Dominic Meets St. Francis

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. Tradition holds that during Dominic’s second visit to Rome, in 1216, he met Francis of Assisi in one of the churches there. Both were negotiating with the Holy See through their mutual patron, Cardinal Read more…

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Pope Honorius Confirms Order of Preachers

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. The following year Dominic set out for Rome to obtain the promised confirmation of his Order from Pope Innocent III, his good friend. However, on the way he received news of the pope’s death. Read more…

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Vision of Innocent III

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. In September 1215 Dominic accompanied Bishop Fulk of Toulouse to the Lateran Council, to be convened in Rome in November, where he sought approval from Pope Innocent III for his new Order. Innocent, renowned Read more…

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St. Dominic Refuses Episcopate

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. Dominic’s holiness endeared him to all. His way of winning souls and his virtues of humility, patience, and charity led church officials to encourage his promotion to the highest offices of the church. Three Read more…

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St. Dominic Meets Simon de Montfort

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. Simon de Montfort (1165 – 1218), commander in chief of the French Crusades, was a friend and supporter of Dominic. Dominic first met this chivalrous knight is 1209 or shortly thereafter, and the two Read more…

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St. Dominic Establishes Second Order

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers. In 1206, shortly after Bishop Diego and Dominic began preaching in France, they centered their mission at a house of nuns in Prouille. Here Dominic established the Second Order Dominicans. Intended for women converted Read more…

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