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Saint Dominic, Founder of the Order of Preachers

Saint Dominic
Saint Dominic, a 13th century theologian, tends to get overshadowed by his fellow, more renowned Dominican, Saint Thomas Aquinas. Yet, not today! Today, we celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Dominic, founder of the Dominican Order of Preachers.

During his life, Dominic, a native Spaniard, traveled abroad to France. There, he witnessed a great need to combat heresies. He believed that people needed to fully understand the true teachings of Jesus Christ. If they did, they would embrace the Catholic faith. Dominic also realized that to achieve success in his preaching, he must meet the heretics were they were at: living a life of austerity. He met austerity with austerity, by preaching and walking barefoot!

From his efforts, Dominic gave birth to true “evangelical preaching.” He established a diocesan order of preachers in Toulouse, France, under the guidance of the Bishop of Toulouse. This effort ushered in the Dominican Order of Preachers, whose charism it is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Saint Dominic Left Us a Treasured Legacy

Saint Dominic left a legacy of priests known for their study of theology (which would include moral theology, for which Saint Thomas Aquinas is so renowned). Dominicans walk in poverty. They obey God’s laws, as well as the Order’s rules, with obedience deemed a prized virtue of the Dominicans. Most importantly, the Dominicans are renowned for preaching Jesus’ message of salvation, where Jesus is the way, the Truth and the life.

So for today, I do not want to see Saint Dominic overshadowed by anyone. No, today we honor Saint Dominic for his contributions in bringing souls closer to Christ. We honor him for founding the Dominican Order of Preachers, and for devotion to the Liturgy. Happy Feast Day, Saint Dominic. Please pray for us!

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2 Responses to Saint Dominic, Founder of the Order of Preachers

  • Happy feast day of St. Dominic. I’ve come to realize that if I have a religious charism it’s that of the Dominicans. St. Dominic is so under appreciated. St. Francis of Assisi was his contemporary, and they both started religious orders. Everyone knows of St. Francis, but hardly anyone knows much of St. Dominic. Personally St. Dominic created the more influential of orders.

    • Hi Manny: How nice to hear from you! I agree with you that he gets overlooked. That’s why I wanted to write a special post for St. Dominic on his feast day. I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. They are always appreciated.

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