St. Dominic: The Story of a Preaching Friar
by Donald J. Goergen, OP
Paulist Press, 2016
(140 pages, $15.95, paperback)
reviewed by Nathan Arends
The year 2016 marks the 800th year since the founding of the Order of Preachers. In honor of the anniversary, the worldwide Dominican family is celebrating a Jubilee year, and Father Donald Goergen has done his part by writing an accessible biography of its founder. Among his Western counterparts—Benedict, Francis, and Ignatius—Dominic is the least well–known; there is just one extant writing of his, a letter to nuns in a Madrid monastery. However, Goergen notes, this does not mean a quality portrait of him escapes us. Dominic's identity is alive and well in the men and women who comprise the Dominican family. It is they, and not writings from Dominic himself, that bring the saint to life.
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