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August 8

Saint Dominic, Priest


St. Dominic was born in 1170 near the abbey of Santo Domingo at Silos. His family was noble and religious; his mother would be beatified and both brothers would become preachers. St. Dominic studied arts and theology at the University of Palencia. He was appointed a canon regular of the Cathedral of Osma, ordained, and made prior in 1201. In diplomatic service to his bishop, Diego de Azevedo, he traveled across the Pyrenees to southern France several times. There they encountered heretical communities. Bishop Diego, Dominic and others attempted to bring the heretics back to the Catholic faith. Dominic organized his followers into a community, which was recognized at the IV Lateran Council. Bologna and Paris became the centers of its development. The Order of Preachers grew to be a large family of friars, nuns, and third order laity. In the fifteenth century, the Dominicans promoted the praying of the rosary. [1]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St Dominic.”

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