Order of Preachers
|Abbreviation||OP, Dominicans, Blackfriars|
|Motto||Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare ("Praise, bless, preach")|
|Founder||St. Dominic de Guzmán|
|Type||Catholic religious order|
|Headquarters||Santa Sabina, Rome, Italy|
The Order of Preachers (Latin: Ordo Praedicatorum), also known as the Dominican Order or simply the Dominicans, is a Catholic religious order founded in 1216 by St. Dominic de Guzmán, after it was approved by Pope Honorius III. Along with the Franciscans, the order has historically been the most prominent of the mendicant orders—that is to say they depend on charity, spending their lives preaching the Gospel and serving the poor.
Some of the most famous philosophers and theologians in European history have been Dominicans, for instance Thomas Aquinas, Albert the Great, Vincent Ferrer and Catherine of Siena. It has also produced several Popes, the most noted of which include Pope Pius V.