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 -
Saint Thomas Aquinas
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.
Saint Hyacinth of Poland
St. Catherine of Siena
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.