Martyrs of Sandomierz

detail of a painting of the Martyrs of Sandomierz, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial


A group of 49 Dominicans, some of whom received the habit from Saint Dominic de Guzman himself. They worked separately and together to bring the faith and establish the Dominican Order in Poland, basing their operations in and around Sandomierz. In 1260 they were all martyred by the Tartars as they were singing the Salve Regina at Compline; the custom of singing the Salve Regina at the deathbed of Dominicans stems from this incident.

We know a few details about a few of the martyrs, but most survive only as names –

  • Zadok
  • Andrea, chaplain
  • James, novice master
  • Malachi, convent preacher
  • Paul, vicar
  • Peter, guardian of the garden
  • Simone, penitentiary
  • Abel
  • Barnabas
  • Bartholomew
  • Clemente
  • Elia
  • John
  • Luke
  • Matthew
  • Philip
  • deacons
    • Giuseppe
    • Joachim
    • Stefano
  • sub-deacons
    • Abraham
    • Basil
    • Moses
    • Taddeo
  • clerics
    • Aaron
    • Benedict
    • David
    • Dominico
    • Mattia
    • Mauro
    • Michele
    • Onofrio
    • Timothy
  • professed students
    • Christopher
    • Donato
    • Feliciano
    • Gervasio
    • Gordian
    • John
    • Mark
    • Medardo
    • Valentino
  • novices
    • Daniele
    • Isaiah
    • Macario
    • Raffaele
    • Tobia
  • lay brothers




Lord Jesus, in the midst of fierce attacks of the foe Blessed Sadoc and his companions greeted the Virgin Mary in song and received the longed-for palm of martyrdom. After this exile may your merciful and loving Mother show us to you, who live and reign in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Dominicans

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Martyrs of Sandomierz“. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 May 2015. Web. 9 December 2019. <>