The Dominicans Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

The Dominican Year

2014 US Dominican Ordo

A listing of days liturgically special to the Order of Preachers as composed by Albert Buckley, O.P. (left) and Bartholomew de la Torre, O.P. (right)


Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec



[S] Solemnity; always to be celebrated: if impeded, to be transferred; votive Mass of Saint allowed on any free day.

[F] Feast; always to be celebrated, if not impeded: may be transferred, but votive Mass of Saint allowed on any free day.

[M] Obligatory Memorial; to be celebrated, if not impeded: not to be transferred, but votive Mass of Saint or Blessed allowed on any free day.

No notation: Optional Memorial; may be celebrated, if not impeded: not to be transferred, but votive Mass of Saint or Blessed allowed on any free day.

[C] Commemoration, meaning that the special liturgical celebration is highly recommended for that day (e.g. Jan. 3, May 4, May 8, Dec. 22).

A votive Mass is allowed on any free day.

Solemnities and Feasts are written in CAPITALS.

A cooperator brother is a non-clerical friar.

A nun has lived under the rule for cloistered women Dominicans.

A cloistered sister has lived in a cloister under the rule for the Third Order, a.k.a. the Dominican Laity, adapted to the cloister.

A sister has lived in an contemplative-active convent.

A cross before a year (e.g. +1259 for Jan. 10) indicates the year of birth into eternal life (the way the Church refers to the death of a saint or blessed).

Italic items are celebrations not specifically Dominican but nevertheless associated with the Order in a special manner, e.g. March 24.


Notable Happenings

Sunday, October 28, 2007,

six Dominican martyrs with close connections to Rosaryville, Louisiana were beatified at St. Peter's Square in Rome. These friars from the Province of the Holy Rosary were martyred during the Spanish Civil War in 1936.

The most prominent is Fr. Buenaventura García Paredes, former Master of the Order, who had approved the establishment of the House of Theology at Rosaryville just west of Ponchatoula. This Rosaryville House of Theology existed in Louisiana from 1912 until 1938, when it was transferred to Hong Kong.

Fr. Jesus Villaverde was prior of the Rosaryville convent from 1921 until 1924, before going to the Philippines for 12 years and then returning to Spain.

Four other Spanish friars -- Leoncio Arce, Antonio Varona, José; Maria Lopez and Pedro Ibáñez -- had studied at Rosaryville, some even being ordained there, and then went on to the Philippines or other missions in the East, before returning to Spain, where they were killed during the 1936 Civil War.

Dec. 20, 2004,

the Vatican Congregation for Sainthood Causes promulgated the decrees for three Dominicans in the presence of John Paul II. One decree recognized the miracle that opens the doors for the beatification of a Dominican Servant of God whose heroic virtues the Pope had previously recognized, namely:

Mother Ascención del Corazon de Jesus, born Fiorentina Nicoli Goñi, a Spanish religious of the Dominicans of the Third Order, co-founder and first superior general of the Dominicans of the Holy Rosary (1868-1940).

In addition, decrees were promulgated recognizing the heroic virtues of two other Dominicans:

Titus Horten, German priest of the Order of Preachers (1882-1936).

Mary Colomba Bialecka, born Rosa Filippina, Polish religious and founder of the Congregation for the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Dominic (1838-1887).

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