Monday, September 23, 2019

Saint Dominic of Silos Feast Day – 20 December – Saint of the Day

The Memorial of Saint Dominic of Silos

Saint Dominic of Silos is the Patron Saint of

1. Against rabies;
2. Against rabid dogs;
3. Against insects;
4. Captives;
5. Pregnant women;
6. Prisoners;
7. Shepherds

Saint Dominic of Silos Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date, Matrimony/Holy Orders, Monks who became Saints

Today’s Readings – Year C

Saint Dominic of Silos brief life History

Date of Birth 1000 AD
Country of Birth Spain in Europe
Profession Spanish monk
Place of Work Silos, Spain
Date of Death December 20, 1073
Place of Death Silos, Spain
Feast Day 20 December
Beatification By Pre-Congregation
Canonization By Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of 1. Against rabies;
2. Against rabid dogs;
3. Against insects;
4. Captives;
5. Pregnant women;
6. Prisoners;
7. Shepherds

Saint Dominic of Silos Short life History

Saint Dominic of Silos was also known as Domingo of Silos

He was born to a peasant family, he worked as a shepherd in his youth.

He became a Benedictine monk at San Millán de Cogolla monastery. He also became a priest, Novice master and Prior of the house.

He was ordered by King Garcia III of Navarre to give him the monastery’s lands, Dominic refused, and with two of his brother monks was driven from the house by force.

They sought protection from King Ferdinand I of Old Castile. They found a new home in the San Sebastian monastery at Silos, diocese of Burgos where Dominic was appointed abbot.

Founded in 954, the house had fallen on hard times, had only six monks, and was in terrible shape physically, financially and spiritually. He turned around the house’s spiritual life, straightened out its finances, rebuilt its structure. The house was soon a spiritual center noted for book design, printed art, its gold and silver work, and charity to the local poor. The rebuilt abbey cloisters survive to today, and are considered a great architectural treasure.

He was reported to heal by prayer. He got wealthy patrons to endow the monastery, and raised funds to ransom Christians taken prisoner by the Moors.

He is one of the most beloved of Spanish saints, there were churches and monasteries dedicated to him as early as 1085, and the monastery he rebuilt is now known as Saint Dominic’s.

Many miracles were attributed to his prayers after his death, especially with regard to pregnancy. Dominic’s abbatial staff was used to bless Spanish queens and was kept by their beds when they were in labour.

Blessed Joan de Aza de Guzmán prayed at his shrine to conceive the child whom she called Dominic, after the abbot of Silos, and who founded the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans).

Today’s Saint Dominic of Silos Feast Day Quote:

He died on 10 December 1073 in Silos, Spain of natural causes and on 5 January 1076 his body was translated to the monastery church for veneration

Saint Dominic of Silos Feast Day
Saint Dominic of Silos Feast Day