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Saint Dominic

Dominic de Guzman was born in 1170, in the town of Calaruega in Old Castile (Spain). After his studies he joined the Canons Regular in Osma. In 1203 he went with his Bishop, Bl.Deigo of Azevedo, to the south of France where the Albigenses were devastating the country and preaching heresy. Shortly afterwards, attracted by the life Dominic led and by his preaching, people gathered around him. He applied to the Holy See for permission to found his Order and in 1216 the Order of Friars Preachers (the Dominicans) was approved by Pope Honorius III. This new Order was first to receive permission from the Pope for its members to preach - a duty reserved to a Bishop. In its Fundamental Constitutions, St.Dominic wrote, that the Order of Friars Preachers was founded to be an Order of itinerant preachers "instituted especially for preaching and the salvation of souls".  St.Dominic was essentially a man of prayer and study, with a burning zeal for the salvation of souls, and wanting the truth of God's message spread throughout the world. St.Dominic died peacefully at the Priory in Bologna, his first foundation, on August 6th, 1221 at the age of 51yrs.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Born - 1225 (Castle of Roccasecca, near Aquino, Italy). Died - March 7, 1274 (Fossanova Abbey, Lazio, Italy). School/tradition: Scholasticism, Founder of Thomism. Main interests: Metaphysics (incl. Theology), Logic, Mind, Epistemology, Ethics, Politics. Notable ideas: Five Proofs for God's Existence, Principle of double effect.

Saint Albert the Great
Born in 1193 , he was a Dominican theologian, he gained the name “Universal Teacher” for his vast works, wisdom and learning. He is considered to be the greatest German philosopher and theologian of the Middle Ages. He was the first among medieval scholars to apply Aristotle's philosophy to Christian thought. He was appointed Bishop of Regensburg but resigned after three years to return to teaching. He died in 1280. The Church honors him as a Doctor of the Church.

Holy Father Saint Dominic - pray for us!

On Sunday, the 5th of September 2010, the General Chapter of the Order of Preacher in Rome elected Bro. Bruno Cadoré as their new Master. He is the 87th Master of the Order, the immediate successor of Bro. Carlos Azpiroz Costa (Argentinean) and the 86th successor of St Dominic. His office is for a nine-year term.
Bro. Bruno Cadoré was born on the 14th April 1954 in Le Creusot, a town in the Bourgogne region of France, between Lyon and Dijon. He is the son of Henri Cadoré and Jeanine Desmaizières.
After he graduated as a medical doctor, he entered the novitiate of the Dominican Province of France in 1979 and made his first profession on the 28th of September 1980. He later spent two years in Haiti before beginning his Dominican studies. He was ordained a priest in Lille on the 28th of September 1986 and was immediately made the Master of Students.
He oversaw the formation of young friars for about 7 years. He has been the prior of the priory in Lille before he was elected the Prior Provincial of the Province of France in 2002. He got reelected for the second term and was about concluding that when he was elected the Master of the Order. During his term of office, the Province of France welcomed many young brothers into the Order. Bro. Bruno Cadoré also worked to develop the Dominican life in the vicariates of the province of France, in Scandinavia, Equatorial Africa and West Africa, as well as in the Arab world, especially in Cairo and Iraq, which he visited frequently.
In 1992, he received his doctorate in moral theology. As a Doctor of Theology, he taught biomedical ethics at the Catholic University of Lille while directing the centre for medical ethics. He has also been on the National Aids Council of France since January 2008 until 2010.

Saint Hyacinth of Poland
Born - c. 1185, Kamien Slaski. Died - August 15, 1257, Krakow, Poland. Venerated in Roman Catholic Church. Feast August 17. Attributes: statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Monstrance or Ciborium.

St. Catherine of Siena

Born - March 25, 1347, Siena, Italy. Died - April 29, 1380. Venerated in Roman Catholic Church; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Anglican Communion. Canonized 1461 by Pope Pius II. Feast April 29; April 30 (Roman Calendar, 1628-1960). Attributes: Dominican tertiaries' habit, lily, book, crucifix, heart, crown of thorns, stigmata, ring, dove, rose, skull, miniature church, miniature ship bearing Papal coat of arms.

Saint Martin de Porres
Born at Lima in 1569.  He entered the Dominican Priory in Lima and was placed in charge of the infirmary. He extended his care for the sick to the rest of the city. He was instrumental in founding an orphanage, a children’s hospital and other institutions. Later, as well as the duties he already had, St. Martin devoted himself to care for the slaves who had been brought to Lima.  He died peacefully at the Rosary Priory in Lima in 1639.

Brother Bruno Cadoré,
Master of the Dominican Order

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