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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.

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.

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