Celebration of St. Dominic

St. Mary's celebration of St. Dominic 2021 is an initiative of the laity of St. Mary Parish to celebrate the unique, long-standing, and multifaceted spiritual heritage of the Dominican Friars. This year, we are celebrating the 800th anniversary of the death of St. Dominic (founder of the Order of Preachers, known as the Dominicans). 

August 8, 2021
800th anniversary of St Dominic's death


800th year Jubilee

Dominic was born in Caleruega, Castile, Spain, after 1170. First educated by an uncle who was a priest, he was later sent to Palencia to study arts and theology. There, Dominic sold his books to provide for the needs of the victims of a local famine. He then joined the chapter of the regular canons of Osma, under the priorship of Diego de Acebes. Engaged in a demanding form of life, he left the cloister in 1203 or 1204 to accompany Diego, already bishop, to Northern Europe on a diplomatic mission. Crossing the region of Toulouse, he discovered the Albigensian heresy, which then ravaged the South of France. A missionary desire grew in Dominic and he wanted to make Christ known to the pagans.

In 1206, after a second trip to Northern Europe, Diego and Dominic, on their return journey to Spain, meet in Montpellier with the papal legates charged with converting the heretics. They advised them to go on foot, without gold or silver, as « evangelical men ». Diego, sending his luggage back to Osma, set out with Dominic to preach in apostolic poverty. Before November, Diego proposed to the Pope to establish a long-term mission in Languedoc, the south of France. At the end of 1206, he established a “praedicatio” centred in Prouilhe, of which Dominic was the effective leader


On December 22, 1216, the Pope confirmed the community of Toulouse and, on January 21, 1217, he used the name « preachers » to designate the vocation of the brothers.

Dominic’s missionary call was universal. In 1217, he dispersed the small group of his brothers. Some left for Spain, others for Paris, others still supported the nuns of Prouilhe. Dominic himself went to Italy to report to the Pope on his action. He sent brothers to Bologna. Like Paris, this city was an important university centre. Vocations flowed in; the Order adopted laws and organized itself into provinces during the first General Chapters celebrated in 1220 and 1221. Dominic, exhausted, died in Bologna on August 6, 1221, on his return from a preaching mission in Lombardy. Pope Gregory IX canonized him in 1234. 

Schedule of Events



"Arm yourself with prayer instead of a sword; be clothed with humility instead of fine raiment."



St. Dominic

Resources for Families

Saint Dominic: The Grace of the Word, by Fr. Guy Bedoulle, OP


Champions of the Rosary, by Fr. Donald H. Calloway, MIC

Saint Dominic and the Rosary, by Catherine Beebe (Children)

Other Resources:
"Pope calls on Dominicans to be at forefront of renewed proclamation of the Gospel" 


For more information about the 800th Anniversary of the Order's founding as celebrated by the Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph, click here