Monday, December 1st, 2008
From the Dominican Ordo:
Blessed John was born near Vercelli, Italy, at the beginning of the thirteenth century. While a professor of law at the University of Paris he was attracted to the Order by Blessed Jordan of Saxony. He was, in turn, a prior, a provincial, and the sixth Master of the Order (1264-1283). He often consulted Saint Thomas Aquinas on theological matters and defended his doctrine. He was present at the Council of Lyons, where he accepted for the Dominican Order the commission ot promote reverence for the Holy Name of Jesus. He was responsible for commissioning Nicolai Pisani to sculpt a marble tomb for the remains of Saint Dominic. In his visitations he zealously promoted the life of study, poverty and evangelical preaching. He died at Montpellier on November 30, 1283. He is considered the patron of the Holy Name Society established in 1432.
There is a shrine to Blessed John in St. Dominic’s Church in New Orleans. On the shrine’s website you can find this historical sketch of Blessed John’s life.
God of power and mercy,
you made Blessed John an outstanding promoter
of the Order of Preachers.
By his remarkable zeal, his wonderful prudence and his courage,
and with the help of his prayers
may your family always and everywhere
be governed by beneficial rule.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.