Holy Role Models
St. Dominic was a man sensitive and alive to the world around him. Born in Caleruega in 1170, he later studied in Palencia, and became a canon at the Cathedral of Osma. Clothed in the distinctive habit of the Order, the Dominican balances the black of penance with the white of purity. In teaching and preaching, the Dominican discovers the artful balance of truth and charity. o combat the false teachings, Dominic realized the impact that priests with a mandate for itinerant preaching could have if they witnessed to authentic poverty and a purity of heart. Yet Dominic’s vision was universal; he saw a need in the Church which extended beyond the region of Albi. Dominic also established convents of nuns who would pray for the conversion of sinners and also for the fidelity and perseverance of the friars.