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Saint Dominic

Dominic de Guzman was born in 1170, in the town of Calaruega in Old Castile (Spain). After his studies he joined the Canons Regular  in  Osma. In 1203 he went with his Bishop, Bl.Deigo of Azevedo, to the south of France where the Albigenses were devastating the country and preaching heresy. Shortly afterwards, attracted by the life Dominic led and by his preaching, people gathered around him. He applied to the Holy See for permission to found his Order and in 1216 the Order of Friars Preachers (the Dominicans) was approved by Pope Honorius III. This new Order was first to receive permission from the Pope for its members to preach - a duty reserved to a Bishop. In its Fundamental Constitutions, St.Dominic wrote, that the Order of Friars Preachers was founded to be an Order of itinerant preachers "instituted especially for preaching and the salvation of souls".   St.Dominic was essentially a man of prayer and study, with a burning zeal for the salvation of souls, and wanting the truth of God's message spread throughout the world. St.Dominic died peacefully at the Priory in Bologna, his first foundation, on August 6th, 1221 at the age of 51yrs.
The Icon of St.Dominic in the Sanctuary was installed in 2015 at the request of the Dominican Laity to focus our prayer for vocations.

Saint Martin de Porres
Born at Lima in 1569.   He entered the Dominican Priory in Lima and was placed in charge of the infirmary. He extended his care for the sick to the rest of the city. He was instrumental in founding an orphanage, a children’s hospital and other institutions. Later, as well as the duties he already had, St. Martin devoted himself to care for the slaves who had been brought to Lima.   He died peacefully at the Rosary Priory in Lima in 1639.


 
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