Saint Dominic of Silos 20 December 2016

Saint Dominic of Silos

Saint of the Day for December 20

(c. 1000 – December 20, 1073)

Today, December 20, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Dominic of Silos (1000-1073), the saint whom the other Saint Dominic—founder of the Dominican Order, the Order of Preachers—was named after. According to Dominican tradition, Saint Dominic of Silos appeared to Blessed Joan of Aza, the mother of Saint Dominic, who then made a pilgrimage to his shrine while pregnant, selecting him as the namesake of her soon-to-be-born son.  Due to his sanctity and model life, Saint Dominic is frequently depicted enthroned, surrounded by the seven virtues of the Church. [continues]