Son of Felix de Guzman and Blessed Juana of Aza; older brother of Saint Dominic de Guzman. Educated by his uncle Gonzalo de Aza in Gumiel de Izan, and he joined the Cistercians in the San Pedro monastery in Gumiel de Izan in 1183. Priest. Helped his brother Dominic found and spread the Dominicans, joining as one of the first 15 members on 15 August 1217. Prior of the Saint-Jacques monastery in Paris, France; founded the sister convent there. Transferred to Madrid, Spain in 1219 to help establish Dominican nuns in that city. He attended the canonization of his brother on 13 July 1234 in Rome, Italy, and returned to Caleruega with plans for a church dedicated to Saint Dominic, but died before it could begin. Known as a quiet and contemplative person, but a fiery and determined preacher, and was invaluable in the early spread of the Dominicans.
- 1234 in the monastery of San Pedro de Gumeil, Izan, Castile (in modern Burgos, Spain) of natural causes
- buried at the monastery of San Pedro
He was a contemplative and holy man. – Fray Gerardo de Frachet
Soft, humble, cheerful and gentle, earnest preacher. – Fray Rodrigo Cerrato
- “Blessed Manés de Guzmán“. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 July 2016. Web. 24 October 2016. <>