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Great Dominicans: Bl. Innocent V

Friday, November 13, 2015

Innocent V, born in 1225, joined the Dominican Order when he was sixteen years old and, after a routine Dominican life of theological studies and serving in Church government, he was the first son of Dominic to be elected Bishop of Rome, succeeding Pope Gregory X in 1276. However Innocent did not reign long, he lived only a further five months before dying of ill-health on the 22 of June. Read more

Great Dominicans: St. Raymond of Penyafort

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

When a great legal mind and a deeply pastoral heart come together, something special is bound to happen. Read more

Great Dominicans: Jerome of Moravia

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Or should that be Jerome of Moray...? We know he worked in Paris and flourished in the second half of the thirteenth century. But who was he and where did he come from? Read more

Great Dominicans: Hugh of Saint-Cher

Monday, November 02, 2015

Hugh of Saint-Cher was, quite literally, one of the most eminent of the early Dominicans. Born in France he went on to become Provincial of that country before being named Cardinal Priest of Santa Sabina, the Dominican Order's mother house, in Rome. Read more

Great Dominicans: Blessed Sadoc and His Companions

Friday, October 30, 2015

The saintly Dominican, Blessed Sadoc, along with his companions, were some of the earliest martyrs of the Dominican Order. Blessed Sadoc was a student at Bologna when he met St Dominic, and was received by him into the Order of Preachers. He was Slav and had a great desire to preach the Gospel especially in the north of Europe. So he set off with Paul of Hungary and eventually ended up in Sandomir, Poland. He became Prior of the Convent of St James in Sandomir, having previously been Prior in Agram, Hungary, for a period of time.  Read more

Great Dominicans: St Hyacinth

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Saint Hyacinth was born around 1185 to a noble family and was one of the younger sons of Count Eustace, a renowned warrior. He received an excellent initial education at the Cathedral school in Krakow. He undertook his higher studies in Paris and Bologna, as well as at Krakow and, like the founder of the Order he was to join, initially became a Cathedral Canon.  Read more

Great Dominicans: St Peter Martyr

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Preaching is in fact a dangerous activity. The life of Peter of Verona, often called Peter Martyr, illustrates one dimension of this danger.  Read more

Great Dominicans: Blessed Jordan of Saxony

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Blessed Jordan of Saxony (1190-1237) was born in Germany to a noble family and lived there until he moved to Paris to attend its famous university. It was there that he met St Dominic and, after his encounter with Reginald of Orleans, he was clothed in the habit in 1220. Only one year later he was elected by the General Chapter to succeed Dominic as Master of the Order.  Read more

Great Dominicans: Bl. Manes de Guzmán, Brother of St. Dominic

Monday, October 19, 2015

Brothers can be a mixed bunch. In the Bible, alas, it starts badly for brothers... Read more

Great Dominicans: St. Dominic

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Some saints can be easily depicted by their charismatic eccentricity, their wonderful skills, or by their influential works, which have been included thereafter in the tradition of the Church. Unfortunately this is not the case with St. Dominic.  Read more

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