Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dominic de Guzman, Founder of the Order of Preachers

On August 8, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers, often referred to as the Dominicans.

Dominic de Guzman (1170 - 1221) was a man who was steeped in the Word of God and received Papal permission to found an Order dedicated specifically to preaching.  Up to that point in history, the only ones permitted to preach were the bishops.

He and his followers, both women and men, were on fire with the love of the Word of God and the desire to share the fruits of their contemplation with a world in flux.

Unlike their predecessors who gave witness to the Gospel through the monastic life, Dominic and his band of followers made the world their cell.

The city was their cathedral and the streets were their pulpit. The joys and sufferings of all peoples were the living Scriptures which would inspire their prayer and their preaching. Preaching and healing went hand in hand. 

There are thousands of Dominican sisters, brothers, priests, and nuns serving worldwide. You might be interested in finding out about my congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Hope. Visit

-    Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP