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Dominic of Guzmán

  • Birth 1170 Burgos, Provincia de Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain
  • Death 6 Aug 1221 Bologna, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • Burial Bologna, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • Memorial ID 10799014

Roman Catholic Saint. Founder of the Dominican Order. Born Dominic de Guzmán. His mother was to become Blessed Joan of Aza. It was decided very early on that he should have a career in the Church. At the age of twenty-five he was ordained and took up his duties. He was chosen to accompany the Bishop who had been appointed by the King to negotiate a marriage for the King's son. On the way they passed through Languedoc, in southern France, where the Albigensian heresy was winning many supporters. The owner of an inn where they stopped was an Albigensian, and Dominic spent a whole night in discussion with him. By morning he had convinced the man of his error. From that day, it appears, Dominic knew that the work God required of him was an active life of teaching in the world. In 1215 with the approval of Pope Innocent III he set up The Order of Preachers, more popularly known as the Dominican Order. It is said that under Dominic's leadership, a hundred thousand heretics were brought back to the Church. He was canonised by Pope Gregory IX on July 13th 1234. He is the patron saint of astronomers, the Dominican Republic, falsley accused people and scientists.

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  • Originally Created by: Bunny Boiler
  • Added: 17 Apr 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10799014
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dominic of Guzmán (1170–6 Aug 1221), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10799014, citing Basilica di San Domenico, Bologna, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy ; Maintained by Find A Grave .