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St. Dominic and the Order of Preachers

Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare
To Praise, To Bless, To Preach

The Order of Preachers was founded by Saint Dominic de Guzman (1170-1221) and officially established as a religious institute in the Roman Catholic Church in 1216. The particular charism and mission of the Order is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Dominic’s love of God and compassion for a suffering world compelled him to dedicate his life as a mendicant itinerant preacher, to seeking truth by contemplating and studying the World of God and sharing the fruits of his contemplation with everyone he encountered. Dominic’s zeal for the Word of God and the joyful example of his own life attracted and transformed others who sought to follow his example and join with him in proclaiming the Good News. Among those called to the Dominican life are Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, Rose of Lima, Martin de Porres and Bartolome de las Casas.

What began as one man’s response to the needs of the people of God in the 13th century world hungering for truth, is now an international Order with Dominicans serving the Gospel, preaching in word and action, in over 100 countries.

Dominic drew strength to embrace the struggles and joys of his call to be a faithful preacher of the Gospel from God and his companions, women and men, lay and ordained. This relationship was so significant that the community itself became known as the “holy preaching.”

Today, all who partake in the charism of Saint Dominic share a single vocation to be preachers in the Church and the world. This one vocation, embracing prayer, study, community, and the preaching mission, is expressed through multiple paths within the Dominican Family.

Connie Schoen, OP
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