Saint Dominic dies 1221

walwyn Mon, 07/25/2011 - 23:01
Friday, August 6, 1221

St Dominic, founder of the Dominican order and the first inquisitor-general, dies at the convent of St Nicholas at Bologna, on the 6th of August 1221, at the age of 51.


He was born in Caleruega and educated in what was to become the University of Palencia, where he studied the arts and theology. In 1204 he was sent back to the Languedoc on a mission to convert the Cathars, by Pope Innocent III.


In 1215, Dominic along with six followers established a monastery where they subjected themselves to rules of prayer and penance. They were given leave to preach throughout the area of Toulouse, and established an order of Preaching Friars. In 1217 Pope Honorius III granted them authority to establish order to be named `The Order of Preachers' which became known as the Dominican Order.


He was canonization on 13 July, 1234, by Pope Gregory IX.