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Monday, 27 October 2014


The order of Dominicans was  founded by Saint Dominic in 1215. Dominic established himself with six followers, in a house given by Peter Seila, a rich resident of Toulouse.

With the approval of Pope Innocent III in 1216, Dominic's order was called The Order of Preachers or more popularly known as the Dominican Order.

Dominic insisted on the importance of education. His friars studied theology at the University of Paris and canon law at the University of Bologna.

His Dominican order were strategically placed both to open schools and to lecture on scripture and theology in the new universities which were springing up around Europe.

The Dominicans were nicknamed "The Black Friars" on account of the black mantle worn over their white habit.

Sister Miriam Michael Stimson, was both a Dominican nun and a scientist. Her research contributed to James Watson and Francis Crick's understanding of the structure of DNA.

Source Encarta Encyclopedia

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