Theologian, missionary, mystic, reformer… the vocation of the Preachers can blossom in so many ways in it’s double fidelity to the Word of God which proposes Salvation and to the world to which this Salvation is proposed!
By learning about the saints and how their relationships with the risen Christ transformed their lives, we seek to grow closer to Christ and experience transformation for ourselves. Because human beings learn through imitation, it should come as no surprise that as we seek to grow spiritually, we look to other people—parents, godparents, and others, who, by example, show us how to follow Jesus. By imitating the saints even in small ways, we can learn how to respond to God’s call in our own lives.
Here are some Dominican saints that we can imitate!
St. Dominic de Guzman
born on 1170, in Caleruega, Castile—died August 6, 1221, Bologna. Canonized July 3, 1234; feast day August 8), founder of the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans), a religious order of mendicant friars with a universal mission of preaching, a centralized organization and government, and a great emphasis on scholarship.
St. Catherine of Sienna
born March 25, 1347, Siena, Tuscany—died April 29, 1380, Rome; canonized 1461; feast day April 29. Dominican tertiary, mystic, and one of the patron saints of Italy. She was declared a doctor of the church in 1970 and a patron saint of Europe in 1999. Catherine became a tertiary (a member of a monastic third order who takes simple vows and may remain outside a convent or monastery) of the Dominican order (1363), joining the Sisters of Penitence of St. Dominic in Siena
St. Thomas Aquinas
born 1224, Roccasecca, near Aquino, Terra di Lavoro, Kingdom of Sicily [Italy]—died March 7, 1274, Fossanova, near Terracina, Latium, Papal States; canonized July 18, 1323; feast day January 28, formerly March 7. Italian Dominican theologian, the foremost medieval Scholastic.
Other Notable Dominican Saints
St. Pius V
St. Albert The Great
Doctor of the Church
St. Rose of Lima
Patron saint of Peru and of all South America
St. Peter of Verona
Patron Saint of Inquisitors