- Jordan of Saxony
name=Jordan of Saxony
Roman Catholic Church
Frescoof Jordan in the convent at Worms
titles=Master-General of the Order of Preachers
Pope Leo XII(cultus confirmed)
University of Santo TomasFaculty of Engineering
Jordan possibly came from Borgberge near
Dasselin the Duchy of Saxony. In 1222 he became successor of the founder of the Order and its first master general, Saint Dominic.
During Jordan's supervision the young Order increased to over 300 convents. By his lectures in university towns he won many, allegedly well over 1,000, professors and students for the Order, among whom were
Albertus Magnus. He is venerated as the patron of Dominican vocations.
Jordan is the author of "
Libellus de principiisOrdinis Praedicatorum" ("Booklet on the beginnings of the Order of Preachers"), a Latin text which is both the earliest biography of Saint Dominic and the first narrative history of the foundation of the Order.
Jordan died in a shipwreck on the return from
Palestine, where he had visited the local convents of the Order; the shipwreck occurred off the coast of Syriawhen his ship sunk while he was on his way from a pilgrimage to the Holy Landin 1237.
Jordan was buried in the Dominican church of
Akkoin present-day Israel. His feast day is 13 February.
* [http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/saintj0i.htm Jordan at Patron Saints Index]
* [http://www.op.org/DomCentral/trad/brethren/breth04.htm "The legend of blessed Jordan of Saxony, second master general of the order of preachers"] at the Ordo Praedicatorum [http://www.jordandesajonia.edu.co]
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