Today's Saint

Blessed John Dominici (Bishop)

Blessed John Dominici (Bishop)

In the tapestry of Catholic saints and blessed, Blessed John Dominici emerges as a shining example of pastoral care, spiritual renewal, and holiness. Born in Florence, Italy, in 1356, John Dominici entered the Dominican Order at a young age, drawn by its call to a life of prayer, study, and service. His devoutness and intellectual acumen quickly caught the attention of his superiors, propelling him into positions of leadership within the Order.

John Dominici’s life took a pivotal turn when he was appointed Prior of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria Novella in Florence. In this role, he distinguished himself as a zealous preacher, captivating audiences with his eloquence and passion for the Gospel. His sermons inspired a fervent renewal of faith among the faithful, drawing many souls closer to God and the Church.

Recognizing his talents and leadership abilities, Pope Boniface IX appointed John Dominici as Bishop of Fiesole in 1406. As bishop, he dedicated himself wholeheartedly to the spiritual and pastoral care of his flock, tirelessly working to combat corruption and promote holiness among the clergy and laity alike. His efforts bore fruit, as the diocese experienced a profound spiritual revival under his guidance.

Despite facing numerous challenges and opposition from those resistant to reform, John Dominici remained steadfast in his commitment to the Gospel and the Church’s mission. He continued to preach with conviction, challenging the faithful to embrace lives of virtue and piety, and fearlessly confronting abuses within the Church.


  • Lesson 1: Holiness and Integrity: Blessed John Dominici’s unwavering commitment to holiness and integrity serves as a powerful example for us today. His dedication to prayer, study, and pastoral care reminds us of the importance of nurturing our spiritual lives and striving for virtue in all that we do.
  • Lesson 2: Courage in Leadership: Blessed John Dominici’s fearless leadership in the face of opposition teaches us the importance of courageously defending the truth and promoting righteousness, even when it is challenging or unpopular. His example challenges us to be bold in our faith and steadfast in our commitment to living out Gospel values.


Blessed John Dominici, faithful shepherd and zealous preacher, intercede for us before the throne of God. Help us to emulate your holiness and integrity, that we may grow in virtue and draw closer to Christ each day. Grant us the courage to stand firm in our faith and to tirelessly promote the Gospel message, even in the face of opposition. May your example inspire us to live lives of fervent devotion and service to God and neighbor. Amen.

Other Saints We Remember Today

  • St. Margaret of Scotland (1093), Queen
  • St. Landericus (Landry) (661), Bishop of Paris

image: Painting of Bl. Giovanni Dominici by Jacopo Vignali, photo by Sailko / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0)