St. Dominic was born about 1170. He founded the Dominican Order in 1216, known also as the Order of Preachers. Through the centuries, so many branches sprung from this one tree, that it is now known as the Dominican Family. Each branch has its own particular type of work in serving the Church and all peoples throughout the world. While the Order was founded to preach the Word of God worldwide, its many forms continue this primary work through its various charisms. The men and women members of the Order preach, teach and above all pray to make known the Gospel of Jesus Christ and proclaim His Truth. The Feast Day of St. Dominic is celebrated on August 8.

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Suzanne M. Young