Book of Saints – Saint Dominic

detail of a painting of Saint Dominic de Guzman by Fra Angelico, 1437; Perugia Altarpiece; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

August 8

Dominic was born in Spain of a wealthy family. After he became a priest the bishop took him on a visit to southern France where many people were leaving the Church to follow a false teaching. Dominic remained in France and devoted his life to preaching and to leading people back to the Faith. The dog carrying a torch means the fire of his zeal for souls.

Later Dominic went to Rome and told the Pope that he wanted to start a religious order whose duties would be preaching and teaching. The new order was called the Order of Preachers, or the Dominicans.

Legend has it that the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Dominic with a beautiful wreath of roses. She asked him to say the rosary and teach the people to say it every day. In this way many people were brought back to the Church.

Before his death in 1221, Dominic also started an order of nuns to care for young girls.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Dominic”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 January 2019. Web. 8 August 2020. <>