Our Founder: St Dominic
Dominic Guzman was born in Caleruega, northern Spain around 1173.
Dominic was educated for the priesthood and was invited to become a Canon of the Cathedral at Osma in Spain. After journeys to Denmark and Rome, as companion of his diplomat Bishop, Diego Acebes, Diego and Dominic were convinced that they had a new mission – to bring the gospel message to the market place as PREACHERS, firstly among the people who followed the Albigensian Heresy.
Consequently between 1206 - 1216 a Gospel-inspired community of both men and women, priests, lay people and religious, gathered around Dominic in the south of France, at Prouilhe, near Toulouse. When Dominic died in Bologna in 1221, the Order of Preachers, made up of priests, nuns, lay brothers and laity - a new movement in the Church - was well established in many European countries. Dominic was canonised in 1234.
Barely visible on the scrolls of history;
A trace of a smile still lingers over the vineyards
Where they tried to kill him
But found death died in his eagerness to die.
He founded an Order, they say.
Say rather: friended.
He was their friend, and so
At last, in spite of themselves, they came.
He gave them an Order to found.
Such a man was Dominic,
Messenger of God’s love, a carrier
Of God’s infinite pain and hope,
A hurricane and a haven,
Hurling torrents of peace through the civilized corridors
Of comfortable half truths
To dwellers in ancient darkness long familiar,
A disturbing possibility of day.
Pray, pray for us,
Bearer of the torch.
Simon Tugwell OP
A selection of images of St Dominic de Guzman gathered from our own resources or downloaded from the internet
"Dominican Holy Places in Fanjeaux"
A short presentation, prepared by Sr Barbara Beaumont OP from S.H.O.P. Photography by Sr Veronica Rosier OP.