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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.

St Peter Martyr OP St Peter Martyr. Saint Peter Marter of Varona was not the 1st Dominican to die in the cause of truth, but so greatly was you 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 working 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 cute and neighbours child of a serious on this. 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 particulars 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 movers 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 work so intensely that he fell mortally ill and only a miraculous visit from Sts Francis and Dominic cured him. On this okay Asian, he was beaten to rise and preach whenever and wherever he was needed. The preaching of mints and became a strange but marvellously effective process he attracted him self to hundreds of people-At one time more than 10,000-who followed him from place to place in the garden of pilgrims. The priest of the company sound nice Bailey, chanted the office, and dispensed the sacraments to doze converted by Vincent 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 Dominic St Dominic.
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. Pious 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 this spend his life herding sheep. One day, as he was minding his smart fathers small flock, to Dominicans came along the road And fell into conversation with him. Recognising immediately that he was both virtuous and intelligent, they octane 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. Pious was made Bishop then cardinal and he continued in so far as possible to observe did the minikin rule. In 1566 when the people chair was vacant, the Cardinals, cheaply to the influence of Saint Charles Borromeo elected cardinal gives leary pub. With great grief, he excepted the office and chose the name Pius the fifth. He began his rain by distributing to the Paul of the city the money that should be tradition has 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 when the hope that there was a man of integrity, and one who could help to reform the clarity and make a firm stand against teh Lutheran heresy.
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