Our Saints and Blesseds
The goal of the Order of Preachers is the salvation of souls—our own soul as well as the souls of others. Over the past eight hundred years, numerous Dominicans, faithful to the way of life established by St. Dominic, have achieved great holiness. The Order can boast of more than seventy canonized saints and two hundred blesseds, including three Popes, two novices and a master Renaissance artist. The following is a selection of these holy men and women in whose footsteps we follow as members of the Order of Preachers.
The Dominican enters the Order of Friars Preachers to save his soul. He could have saved it outside the Order, but once he takes vows, must save it through the spirituality of the Order…In practice, the Order’s spirituality means living the religious life as it is prescribed in the Rule of St. Augustine, the Constitutions, and the family customs which have developed over the centuries. If the Dominican lives these things established for him, he follows a spirituality that will lead him to salvation. St. Dominic embraced the same general elements of the Christian life shared by others in the Church, but blended them into a specific spirituality that is original, balanced, and unique. The spiritual life of the Friars Preachers draws from Sacred Scripture, bases itself on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Sacraments, and the liturgy, incorporates principles of traditional asceticism, and drinks from the purest sources of Western mysticism and monasticism. (Father William A. Hinnebusch, O.P.)