St Dominic, Confessor; [Memorial: August 8]
Dominic was born at Calaruega in Spain, of the noble family of Guzman, and received his liberal arts and theological training at Palencia. He became, first, a canon of the church of Osma, and after that, the founder of the Order of Preachers.
The founder of the Order of Preachers [Dominicans]
His capacity and courage were very conspicuous in converting the heretics who were attempting to corrupt the people of Toulouse. Going to Rome, he sought the approbation and confirmation of his Order from Pope Innocent III. He obtained his approval from Innocent’s successor, Honorius III. When, by his efforts, countless men began to lead a religious and holy life, at Bologna, in the year of Christ 1221, leaving to his brethren charity, humility and poverty as his true patrimony, while these words were being said, “Come to his aid, you saints of God, come to meet him, you angels,” he fell asleep in the Lord on the eighth day before the Ides of August. Pope Gregory IX added him to the number of the saints.
– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964