Saint Dominic Biography
(Spanish Priest and Founder of the Dominican Order and Patron Saint of Astronomers)
Birthday: August 8, 1170 (Leo)
Born In: Caleruega, Spain
Saint Dominic was a Castilian priest who founded the Dominican Order. Born into a devout family, he was ordained as a canon regular at the age of 24. His quiet meditative life was totally transformed when around the age of 34, he accompanied Bishop Diego de Acebo to Denmark. Traveling through southern France, he discovered that many people there had become Cathars. Very soon, he began a campaign to reconvert them into Christianity but with little result, ultimately realizing that he could do that only if he led an austere life. Dressed in rough cloth, walking across the country, he soon gathered a band of followers, eventually establishing the Order of the Preachers with the blessing of the Pope at the age of 46. He was canonized thirteen years after his death and is now considered the patron saint of the astronomers.