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Painting of the Saints High on the Walls of the Church

As you come into the Church two-thirds of the way up on the Walls there are paintings of some of the famous Dominican Saints. Below is a list of those Saints and a short biography.

Among the Saints are some lesser known of the Saints. You will find St Thomas, St Dominic, but you will also find St Agnes of Montepulciano, St Antoninus of Florence and others. You can also find a page for the Statues in the Church.

Left hand side of the Church as you enter

St Peter Martyr OP St Peter Martyr. Saint Peter Marter of Verona was not the first Dominican to die in the cause of truth, but so greatly was he revered for his sanctity that he was canonised the year after his death; hence he became the type of fearless Apostle of the Order. More remarkable than his death is the record of his life. Born of heretical parents, and surrounded during his whole childhood with the most harmful theories and practices, Peter preserved a purity of faith and morals which was nothing short of miraculous. Continually ridiculed and harangued by his relatives, he remained untarnished in both body and soul. Send to Bologna to the university at the age of 15, he met Saint Dominic, and instantly, with no backward glance at the wealth and power he was foregoing, threw himself at the Saint's feet and begged admission to the Order. He was present at the death of Saint Dominic, and shared in the legacy of the primitive zeal and courage passed on to the sons of a saint. Peter became a celebrated preacher and engaged in dispute with the heretics all over northern Italy. Many miracles were worked through his prayers, to the rage of the heretics. In one city, a prominent man had been won to heresy, because the devil, taking the appearance of the Blessed Mother appeared at the heretics meeting and encouraged him to join them. Peter, determined to win the man back to the truth, went to the meeting of the heretics, and when the devil appeared in his disguise, held up a small pyx in which he had placed a consecrated Host. If you are the mother of God cried Peter Adore your Son. The devil fled in dismay and many heretics were converted. Enraged by Peters success, his enemies made plans to destroy him. Sold Like his Master, for 30 pieces of silver, Peter was ambushed and killed on the road to Milan.
St Vincent Ferrer OP St Vincent Ferrer. Vincent's career of miracle working began early; prodigies attended his birth and baptism at Valencia, and, at the age of five, he cured a neighbours child of a serious illness. These gifts, and his natural beauty of person and character, made him the centre of attention very early in life. Clearly, Vincent was marked for an unusual life. He began his classical studies at the age of eight, his theological study at 14. Four years later, as all had expected, he entered the Dominican Order in his native city. So angelic was his appearance, and so holy his actions, that no other course seemed possible to him then to dedicated his life to God. Having made a particular study of Scripture and Hebrew, Vincent was well equipped to preach to the Jews. They were quite numerous in Spain at the time. During the years of his preaching, more than 30,000 Jews and Moors were converted to Christianity. His numerous miracles, the strength and beauty of his voice, the purity and clarity of his doctrine, combined to make his preaching effective, Based as it was on a firm foundation of prayer. Vincent worked so intensely that he fell mortally ill and only a miraculous visit from Sts Francis and Dominic cured him. On this occasion, he was bidden to rise and preach whenever and wherever he was needed. The preaching of Vincent became a strange but marvellously effective process. He attracted to himself hundreds of people - at one time more than 10,000 - who followed him from place to place in the garb of pilgrims. The priest of the company sang Mass daily, chanted the office, and dispensed the sacraments to those converted by Vincent's preaching. He preached to Saint Colette and her nuns, indeed it was she who told him that he would die in France. Too ill to return to Spain, he did, indeed, die in Brittany. The Bretton fishermen still invoke his aid in storms. In Spain he is also the patron of orphanages.
St Albert the Great Saint Albert the Great. Today in Cologne the spires of a building begun seven centuries ago still point to heaven. It is only a legend the credits the design of this cathedral to Saint Albert the Great. But it is so typical of his own life pointing all beauty to heaven that it is a legend very easy to believe. Albert was born in Swabia in Germany around 1207. His keen observation, which was later to show itself in scientific works, had its initial training in the woods near his father’s Castle where he and his brother Henry - who also became a Dominican - hunted with hawks and hounds and became experts in falconry. Sent for further studies to the University of Padua, which was Queen of the natural sciences, as Paris was to theology and Bologna of law, Albert delved happily into new fields of science. He found many new things at Padua but his greatest find was a fellow German - Jordan of Saxony - who captured his heart for the new Order of Friars Preachers. He was received into the Order probably in 1223. Albert had an enquiring mind. He was in experimenter and a classifier at a time when all experimental knowledge was under suspicion. There was not a field in which he did not at least try his hand, and his keenness of mind and precision of detail make his remarks valuable, even though, because he lacked facts which we now have his conclusions were incomplete. He wrote on botany, astronomy, chemistry, physics, biology, geography and meteorology. He made maps and charts and experimented with plants; he studied chemical reactions; designed instruments to help with navigation; and he made detailed studies of birds and animals. He taught at Cologne and Paris, where he had the happiness of seeing a quiet student from the kingdom of Sicily rise like a brilliant star that would outshine all others. What must it have been like to watch the mind of Thomas Aquinas develop and unfold to the wisdom of time and eternity, and to help him open doors to profound truths? Albert was Bishop of a rat is born for two years, but resigned in order to return to the classroom. He outlived his beloveds pupil by several years, and, in extreme old age, he walked halfway across Europe to defend the pieces of Thomas’ that was challenged.
St Agnes of Montepulciano Saint Agnes of Montepulciano. Although Saint Agnes was not in any way a “child saint” like her little Roman patroness, there is about her something of the same simplicity, which makes her name appropriate. Some of the best known legends about her concerns her childhood. Agnes was born in 1268 in a little village near Montepulciano of a wealthy family of De Segni. Her birth was announced by great lights surrounding the house where she was born, and from her babyhood, she was one specially marked out for dedication to God. When she was nine years old Agnes insisted that the time had come to let her enter the convent. She was allowed to go to a group of Franciscans whose dress was the ultimate in Franciscanism. She reached a high degree of contemplative prayer and was favoured with many versions. One of the loveliest is the one for which her legend is best known: the occasion of a visit from the Blessed Virgin. Our Lady came with the Holy Infant in her arms, and allowed Agnes to hold him and caress Him. Unwilling to let him go Agnes hung on when Our Lady reach to take Him back from her. When she awakened from the ecstasy, Our Lady and her Holy Child were gone, but Agnes was still clutching tightly the little gold cross he had worn on a chain about his neck. She kept it as a precious treasure. Another time, Our Lady gave her three small stones and told her that she would use them to build a convent one day. Agnes was not at that moment even thinking about going elsewhere, and said so, but our lady told her to keep the stones - three in honour of the Blessed Trinity - and one day she would need them. A revelation had told her that she was to leave the Franciscans, with whom she had been very happy, and that she, and the sisters of the house she would found, should become Dominicans. In 1306, Agnes returned to Montepulciano to put the Lord’s request into action. All she had for the building of the convent and were the three little stones given to her by the Blessed Virgin and Agnes who had been a bursar and knew something about money, realised that she was going to have to rely heavily on the support of heaven in her building project. After a long quarrel with the inhabitants of the hilltop where she wanted her foundation, the land was finally secured, and the Servite Prior laid the first stone, leaving her to worry about where the rest of the stones were coming from. Agnes laid a hand to the project and guided it safely to completion. The church and convent of Santa Maria Novella where ready for dedication in record time, and the growing collection of aspirants pleaded with her to admit them to the new convent. Agnes died on the 20th of April 1317. She died in the night and the children of the city weekend and cried out “Holy Sister Agnes is dead”. She is buried in Montepulciano and the tomb soon became a place of pilgrimage.
St Dominic St Dominic. A master of paradox was this thirteenth century friar who established the foundations of democracy in the depressing days of feudalism, and laid out with a globe-circling sweep the plans that would convert a world no one had yet dreamed about. It is doubtful if any other man, Saint or not, accomplished so much in so short a lifetime, or expressed so unequivocally his faith in the future. Dominic de Guzman was born in Old Castile around 1170. His father was a castillan for a fort on the border of Christian Spain, and the two elder sons were studying for the priesthood when Dominic was born. In the ordinary course of events the boy I would have been trained to arms but his mother’s pleading and his evident talent for study determined that he too would be given to the church. Taking his studies at the University of Palencia he was ordained and soon afterwards join the chapter of Augustinian canons Osma. His whole life is mirrored in this picture of a devout and quiet young priest happy in the cloisters solitude with it’s double obligation of choral office and teaching the truths of God. Dominic travelled to France with his bishop and soon came across the Albigensian heresy. Dominic decided that these people needed to have the word of God preached to them in all truth and sincerity. In 1216 Dominic formed a group of men together to bring the preaching of the good news of God to this people of southern France. By this time Dominic was at the centre of a great deal of action as well as prayer. A group of nine women heretics he had converted where established at Pruille in a convent; here they could assist with prayer and good works in the preaching activities of the brethren. Sixteen men, of many nationalities, had thrown in there lot with him and were willing to share with him in the business of world conquest. And unnumbered band of interested seculars, most of whom were knights and wealthy men and their womenfolk hovered like bees around the work of Dominic. He organise them into chapters of active religious helpers even before the Order obtained papal approval. Dominic set up the Dominican Order to preach the Word of God at a time when only bishops were allowed to preach. Dominic organised men and women to be the mouthpiece of God. Dominic died in Bologna on August 6 1221 on his return from the Second General Chapter of the Order. He had lived long enough to see his Order established firmly enough that no persecution or trouble would shake it. Dying, he promised his weeping brethren that he would be of more use to them in heaven then he was on Earth – a promise which he has kept abundantly in the centuries since. The burial of Saint Dominic took place according to his wishes - in extreme simplicity. He was buried in a modest grave "under the feet of his brethren." Here he remained until the urging of Pope Gregory IX, who is a personal friend of his, gave rise to the first translation of the relics. The feast of the Saint had to be transferred from the sixth of August, which was the day of his death, because this was the Feast of the Transfiguration. August fourth was the feast day appointed by the Pope.
Pope Pius V Pope St Pius V People who do not know anything else about Pius the fifth are quite apt to remember him as the Pope of the rosary, recalling his remarkable connection with the battle of Lepanto. Pius was born in 1504 in a tiny village of Bosco. His parents were poor and could not educate their alert little boy, who seemed far too talented to spend his life herding sheep. One day, as he was minding his father's small flock, two Dominicans came along the road And fell into conversation with him. Recognising immediately that he was both virtuous and intelligent, they optained permission from his parents to take the child with them and educate him. He left home at the age of 12 and did not return until his ordination many years later. Pius was made Bishop, then cardinal, and he continued insofar as possible to observe the Dominican rule. In 1566 when the papal chair was vacant, the Cardinals, chiefly through the influence of Saint Charles Borromeo elected Cardinal Ghislieri. With great grief, he excepted the office and chose the name Pius V. He began his reign by distributing to the Poor of the city the money that he should by tradition have spent for a banquet. When someone criticises this, he observed that God will judge us more on our charity to the poor dan on our good manners to the rich. Such an attitude was bound to make enemies in high places, but it in dared him to the poor, and it gave right thinking men hope that there was a man of integrity, and one who could help to reform the clergy and make a firm stand against the Lutheran heresy.

Right hand side of the Church as you enter

St Louis Bertrand St Louis Bertrand. Louis Bertrand was baptised at the same font where his famous relative, Saint Vincent Ferrer, had been baptised some two centuries before, and he grew up with but one thought in his mind, to imitate his saintly relative and become a Friar Preacher. The father of Louis had at one time planned to become a Carthusian, and he was, as head of the family, undoubtedly an excellent Christian. But he bitterly opposed his eldest sons desire to renounce his inheritance and become a friar. He succeeded in keeping Louis from taking the step until his son was eighteen. Louis run away when he was fifteen, planning to become a missionary, but he was recognised by a friend of the family and brought home. He busied himself with practices of the devotion far beyond his years and strength, and he attached himself to the Dominican fathers, who allowed him to serve Mass and work in the garden until he should be old enough to join them. At last, when he was eighteen, he joyfully fled his father’s house and donned the white habit he had so long desired. He was received into the convent of his native Valencia. After several years as master of novices, where he proved himself prudent, kind, and firm, Louis volunteered for the foreign missions and was assigned to the territory of New Granada. In 1562, he left Valencia on foot, carrying staff and bravery and attended by two brothers. They set sail for the new world and arrived in the mission field. It was very unpromising. The people were devil-worshippers. They lived in country almost impossible of access, and they spoke a medley of languages that seemed impossible for Europeans to understand. Louis prayed for the gift of tongues, and he received this favour. The Indians understood him and were converted. Returning to Spain after many years on the missions Louis was once again appointed master of novices, and he inspired the young men with love of God and missionary zeal. He fell ill, and, though valiant attempts where are made to save such a valuable member of the Order, he died on the day he prophesied that he would die. In heaven he became the protector of the missions he had worked so hard to establish.
St John of Cologne Saint John of cologne a.k.a St John of Gorkum. Previous to his martyrdom, all that we know of the life of Saint John of Gorkum can be quickly told. He was a religious of his convent of cologne who performed the duties of a parish priest in Holland, which was at that time engaged in a death struggle with the Spanish princes. The place and date of his birth are not known; those of his death will never be forgotten. Anti-Spanish and protestants soldiers banded themselves into lawless armies of pirates and, unpaid and disillusioned, foraging for themselves in the sea ports, looking for plunder. Reproved by the clergy, they turned on the church and one band of pirates laid siege to the city of Gorkam, capturing it after a struggle. For reprisal - because of the cities determine defences - they gathered all members of the clergy into one miserable prison and set about taking revenge on the priest for their own grievances against the Spanish crown. Hearing of the plight of these poor priests, John left the comparative safety of his parish and entered Gorkam, in disguise, in order to give whatever assistance he might. Several times he entered the city to dispense the sacraments, and to bring consolation to the priests who were being cruelly tortured. Eventually, he was taken prisoner and subjected to torture. Angered by the endurance of the priests, the Pirates increased their abuses. Some of the religious were very old and infirm, but one and all, even to an aged Augustinian who was so weak he could barely stand, they bore their martyrdom with patience and sweetness for ten terrible days and nights. They were repeatedly asked to deny the Real Presence, and just as repeatedly refused, which brought on more and more dreadful tortures. Finally they were thrown into the hold of a ship, and they were taken to another city to be killed in the presence of a Protestant noble man, a man noted for his hatred of Catholicism. Eleven Franciscans, a Premonstratensian, an Augustinian and four Secular priests suffered with John of Cologne the long anguish of protracted martyrdom. The nineteen gloriously went to heaven. The martyrs, after being exhibited to the curious townspeople (who paid to see the spectacle), and subjected to every manner of torture, were finally hung in an old barn, amid the jeers of the mob. Stripped of their habits and made, like your master, “the reproach of men and the outcast of the people”, they benefited by their Christ-like suffering and detachment and died a Christ-like death. The scene of their martyrdom soon became a place of pilgrimage, where all the Christian world did reverence to the men who are so courageously obedient on to death.
St Antoninus of Florence St Antonius of Florence: The life of Saint Antoninus of Florence is the story of a great soul in a frail body, and of the triumph of virtue over vast and organised wickedness. The world in which he lived was engrossed with the Renaissance; it was the time of vile and political upheaval, of plague, wars and injustice. The effects of the Great Schism of the West, over which Saint Catherine of Siena had wept and prayed a generation before, were still tearing Christendom apart when Antoninus was born. 1389, the year of his birth, so also the birth of Cosimo de Medici. The fortunes of Florence were largely to rest in the hands of these two men. Of the childhood of Antoninus, we have few details, but they wear revealing ones. He was a delicate and lovable child. His stepmother, worried over his frailty, used to give him extra meat at table. The little boy, determined to hard on himself for the religious life, would slip to meat under the table to the cats. He hitched his wagon to the star of great austerity and, at the age of 14, discovered in the preaching of Blessed John Dominici to the answer all his questions. He went to speak to the great preacher, who was at Santa Maria Novella, and begged to be admitted to the Order. Antoninus was possessed of an iron will-power. He went home and began at the front of the book at Saint John Dominici told him to learn by heart. By the end of the year he had accomplished the all-but-impossible task, and he returned to John Dominici to recited it as requested. There was now no further way to delay his reception of the habit, so the frail young man donned the habit he was to wear with distinction for 54 years. Ordained and set to preaching, Antoninus soon won his place in the hearts of the Florentines. He was given consecutively several positions in the Order, and, finally, it was to his horror, he was appointed Archbishop of Florence. The appointment was a genuine heartbreak to a scholar who would never find enough to time to study, but it was a blessing for the people of Florence, and they were not slow in appreciating the good fortune. Antoninus was probably best known for his kindness to the poor, and there were many in the rich city of Florence. He took up his own garden of choice flowers to plant vegetables for the poor, and drove his housekeeper to distraction by giving away even his own table where, food, and clothing. He kept in personal contact with the poor of the city, particularly with those who had fallen from wealth and where ashamed to beg. For their care he founded a society called “Good men of Saint Martin”, who went about quietly doing much needed charity work much in the fashion of a modern society of Saint Vincent the Paul. When the plague again came to Florence, it was the saintly archbishop who took the lead in almsgiving and care of the sick. Great numbers of the Dominican brethren died of the plague as they went about the priestly duties in the strickened city; sad but undauntedly, Antoninus continue to go about on foot among the people, giving both material and spiritual aid. Cosimo the Medici did not always have compliments for the Dominicans, admitted frankly: “our city has experienced all sorts of misfortunes: fire, earthquake, drought, plague, seditions, plots. I believe it would today be nothing but a mass of ruins without the prayers of our holy Archbishop”. On May 2 1459 Antoninus died, surrounded by his religious brethren from San Marco and mourned by the entire city. His whole life was mirrored in the last words he spoke: “to serve God is to reign”.
St Rose of Lima St Rose of Lima: The first canonised saint of the New World lived in a time quite different from our own. As a matter of fact her whole life sounds very strange to us of other days and other customs. But, if we will take the trouble to study her life, we will discover that the little Saint of Lima, who died 400 years ago, could teach us a great deal. It is well to remember that the penance’s Rose inflicted upon herself - which are the only things most people know about her - afflicted only herself. They were no burden to those around her. Rose lived all her life with her own family, not in a desert, far from people. It is probably her greatest genius that she worked out a program of penences almost unparalleled in history. Rose was born in Lena in 1585, the eleventh child of Spanish-Indian parents. Because she was very delicate, she was baptised at birth and given the name Isabel. When she was taken to the church for the solemn ceremony of baptism, the Archbishop, St Turribius, inadvertently called her Rose. The name remained. From her earliest days the baby seemed to be marked with the favours of God. When she was barely able to walk, she would be found lost in contemplation before the big crucifix in her mother’s room. That she understood suffering became clear when, in a childish accident at the age of three, she endured the pain of surgery without a whimper and commented that Jesus had suffered much more. At another time she was ill with a bad ear ache. Asked if it hurt very much yes a little but our Lord’s crown of thorns must’ve hurt much more. When Rose was twelve years old, the question of her marriage was broached. Her mother was a matchmaker, like many others, and she envisioned her beautiful daughter as Lima’s loveliest bride. Rose hated to hurt her mother, and she actually did not know how to explain that she wished to consecrate herself to God. She had, in fact, already done so many years ago and she had no intention of marrying. When her mother finally accepted this, she conceived what she thought was the only sensible answer: Rose should enter a convent. Neither she nor anyone else could sympathise with the girls intention of becoming a Dominican Tertiary, living at home. A long and difficult period ensued. Finally, however, the girls plan became a reality and Rose, followed by a weeping mother, went to the Dominican church to receive the habit of Saint Dominic and the Tertiary rule of life. We do not know as much as we would like of the visions and celestial favours overalls. Obviously she was in a state of ecstasy a great deal of the time. Sometimes when she went down to the church to receive Holy Communion, she was rapt in ecstasy, and for hours she would be unconscious of the people who crowded round to watch her. She was also exposed to the most terrifying Temptations - to visitations of the devil who came in visible form, and for long periods of spiritual desolation. Once, at the end of a particularly gruelling encounter with the devil, she reproached Our Lord: “Lord, if you had been here I would not have had to expose to such horrible temptations”. To which Our Lord replied: “Rose, if I had not been there, do you think you would have conquered?” Rose prayed for martyrdom, longed for the life of a missionary. Both of these things seen the remote in Catholic Lima . At one time, the chance of martyrdom seemed almost within her grasp. A fleet of Dutch pirates anchored off Callao, and Lima was in a paralysis of fear. Rose hurried to the church, planning to give up her Life in defense of the Blessed Sacrament. However, the fleet sailed away without harming them, and the people of Lima credited her prayers for their deliverance. Rose died at the early age of 31, on August 24, 1617. The entire city mourned the death of the saint, for it seemed that the people of all classes owed her a special debt. One and all held the same opinion; Rose was a saint. The church confirmed this opinion in 1671, making her the first canonised saint of the Americas.
St Thomas Aquinas St Thomas AquinasThomas the apostle challenged the story that the Lord was risen, and his unbelief brought forth a glowing testimony of the reality of the Resurrection. Twelve centuries later, his name sake, Thomas Aquinas, questioned - without doubting - the great truth of faith, and demonstrated for all time the relationship of faith and reason. As the first Thomas found by experiment (“Except I shall see in His hands the prints of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side”) the man who stood in the midst of them was non-other than Jesus Christ, so Thomas, the angelic doctor, proved for all time but there is no quarrel between reason and revelation. Thomas, son of the count of Aquino, was first trained at the Benedictine Abbey of Montecassino, and here, even in childhood his great mind was wrestling with theological problems. His passion for truth is expressed in his constant question:“Master, tell me what is God?” Better to train the boy’s mind his father sent him at in early age to do university of Naples. Here he studied under Peter of Ireland and, undisturbed by the noise and wickedness of the great university city, proceeded rapidly on his quest for God. Meeting the Dominicans, he was strongly attracted by their apostolic life and petitioned to be received as one of them. While recognising the gifts of the young student, the Friars refuse to admittance to the Order until he was 18. Acting deliberately, without a backward glance at the power and wealth he was leaving, Thomas, at 18 joyfully put on the habit of the new Order. Given the finest education that his time could offer, Thomas studied first at Cologne, later at Paris, under Master Albert the Great. This outstanding Dominican teacher and Saint became his life-long friend and loyal defender. They taught together at Cologne and became a mutual influence for good in one of the most beautiful friendships in Dominican history. For the rest of his life, Thomas was to teach and preach with scarcely a day of rest. He travelled continually, which makes all the more remarkable the amount of writing he did. Death found him in a familiar place - on the road - where he was bound for the council of Lyon in obedience to the Pope’s command. He died at the Cistercian abbey of Fossanova, in a borrowed bed - obscurity hardly fitting the intellectual light of the Order, but perfectly suited to the humble friar that Thomas had always been. Overheard in a colloquy with the Master he served so well with heart and mind and pen Thomas was heard to ask as his reward “Thyself, O Lord, none but Thyself!”
St Benedict XI Nicholas Boccasini was born in Treviso, in 1240, of poor parents. We know little about his family, though there were several different traditions concerning it. One claims that his father was a poor Shepherd, another that he was an impoverished Noble. Whichever he was, he died when Nicholas was very small, and the little boy was put in the care of an uncle, a priest in Treviso. The child proved to be very intelligent, so his uncle had him trained in Latin and other clerical subjects. When Nicholas was ten years old, his uncle got him a position as a tutor to some noble children. He followed this work until he was old enough to enter the Dominican community at Venice, which she did in 1254. Nicholas was pre-eminently a teacher. He did his work well. We know this from several sources, including a testimonial from no less then Saint Antoninus, who said of him that he had “a vast store of knowledge, a prodigious memory, a penetrating genius, and that everything about him endeared him to all”. In 1295, he received the degree of Master of theology. The administrative career of Nicholas Boccasini began with his election as Master General of the Order in 1296. His work in this office came to the notice of the Pope, who, after Nicholas had completed a delicate piece of diplomacy in Flanders, appointed him Cardinal. The Dominicans hurried to Rome to protest that he should not be given the dignity of a cardinal, only to receive from the Pope the mystifying prophecy that God had reserved an even heavier burden for Nicholas. Boniface VIII did not always agree with the man he had appointed Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia and dean of the Sacred College. But they respected each other, and in the tragic affair that was shaping up with Philip the Fair of france, Cardinal Boccasini was to defend the Holy Father, even to the point of offering his life. At the conclave, following the death of Boniface VIII, the prophesied burden fell on the shoulders of the Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia, who took the name Benedict XI. The reign of Benedict XI was too short to give him time to work out any of his excellent plans for settling the troubles of the church. Most of his troubled reign was taken up with undoing the damage done by Philip the Fair. He lifted the interdicted on the French people that have been laid down by his predecessor. His reign, short though it was, was noted for its leniency and kindness. Benedict XI died suddenly in 1304. Some people believe that he had been poisoned, but there has never been any evidence that this was the case. Many miracles were performed that his tomb, and there were several curers even before his burial. Pope Clement XII declared him blessed in 1736.
All information on the Dominican Saints & Blessed are taken from the book "St Dominic's Family" Sr Mary Jean Dorcy OP"
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