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St. Dominic was a spirit-filled man raised up by God to answer the pressing need of the Church for a continuous body of trained preachers. Guided by the Holy Spirit he founded the first apostolic Order, combining the contemplative consecration and apostolic ministry of the twelve apostles and the primitive Church. When Honorius III entrusted to the Order the mission to preach the Word of God, a duty that is primarily episcopal, the Church saw for the first time a religious Order with a mandate as coextensive as herself. By obtaining this universal mission, Dominic threw open the door of preaching to the members of his own Order and eventually to all Orders and priests. - William Hinnebusch, OP, The Dominicans: A Short History.

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Dominican Calendar for May
Name Date
Commemoration of Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ 4
Bl. Emily Bicchieri 4
Bl. Albert of Bergamo 7
Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary 8
St. Antoninus of Florence 10
Bl. Jane of Portugal 12
Bl. Imelda Lambertini 13
Bl. Giles of Portugal 15
Bl. Andrew Abellon 15
Bl. Francis Coll Guitart 19
Bl. Columba of Rieti 21
Bl. Hyacinthe Cormier 21
Commemoration of the Translation of St. Dominic 24
Bl. Andrew Franchi 27
Bl. Mary Bartholomew Bagnesi 28
Bl. William Arnauld and Companions, Martyr 29
Bl. James Salomonio 30

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A famous painter of the Florentine school, born near Castello di Vicchio in the province of Mugello, Tuscany, 1387; died at Rome, 1455. He was christened Guido, and his father's name being Pietro he was known as Guido, or Guidolino, di Pietro, but his full appellation today is that of "Blessed Fra Angelico Giovanni da Fiesole". He and his supposed younger brother, Fra Benedetto da Fiesole, or da Mugello, joined the order of Preachers in 1407, entering the Dominican convent at Fiesole. Giovanni was twenty years old at the time the brothers began their art careers as illustrators of manuscripts, and Fra Benedetto, who had considerable talent as an illuminator and miniaturist, is supposed to have assisted his more celebrated brother in his famous frescoes in the convent of San Marco in Florence. Read more about the life of Fra Angelico or view selections of his artwork in our gallery.

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