July/August 2020 - St. Dominic

St. Dominic


1170–1221


Feast: August 8


As a theology student, this Spaniard sold his books to help others during a famine, and later held positions at the Osma Cathedral, where community life followed the Rule of St. Augustine. Dominic and his bishop went to southern France on a papal mission to fight the Albigensian heresy. He remained in Toulouse, as head of a preaching mission that evolved into the Order of Preachers, or Dominicans. Dominic always preferred persuasion to establish orthodoxy and was said by a friar to have “a lively sympathy with any suffering.”

- Catholic News Service

Read the Spanish version of this column.

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