Artwork by the Benedictine Sisters of Turvey Abbey
Dominic, Priest. Preacher, Founder of the Dominicans; Order of
Feast Day: 8th August.
Dominic seemed set for a contemplative life in his native Spain.
However, whilst travelling through France, he saw the need to challenge a
heresy denying the Incarnation and the sacraments which was gaining hold.
Realising the need to visibly practice the Gospel values he was preaching he
and three Cistercians began itinerant preaching and begging for alms to sustain
In time he founded a religious house at Toulouse, according to the Rule
of St. Augustine, this was the beginning of the Dominican Order of Preachers.
Dominic favoured learning and the use of intellect so his house was one of
study and prayer enabling the friars to minister salvation to all people
through the word of God.
'To contemplate and to pass on the fruits of contemplation.'
'To praise, to bless, and to preach.'
Dominic is portrayed with two of his common symbols: a star at his head
(supposedly seen at his Baptism) and the Hound of the Lord, a dog carrying a
flaming torch. This may have originated because Dominic's mother had a
prophetic dream before he was born that he would be like a hound carrying forth
the word of God symbolised as a flame. Or it could be a humorous play on the
Latin term for Dominicans: Domini-canes (Domini meaning Lord, canes meaning
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