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The Dominican Order, (its formal name, the Order of Preachers, is less common in English) founded by Saint Dominic in the early 13th century, is one of the great mendicant orders of friars that revolutionized religious life in Europe during the high middle ages. Like his contemporary Francis of Assisi, Dominic saw the need for a new type of organization to address the needs of his time, and the quick growth of the Dominicans and Franciscans during their first century confirms that the orders of mendicant friars met a felt need.

The organization of the Order of Preachers was approved in 1216 by Pope Honorius III.

The Dominicans were a major force in the development and maintenance of the Inquisition.

Important Dominicans

Albertus Magnus
Thomas Aquinas
Catherine of Siena