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The Dominican Tradition (Spirituality in History) [Paperback]

By Phyllis Zagano (Author) & Thomas McGonigle (Author)
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The first volume in a spirituality anthology series provides readers a window into Dominican spirituality. Readers will learn the core spiritual values that shape their way of life and discover that the spiritual legacy established by Dominic is as vibrant today as it was centuries ago.

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St. Dominic, who died in 1221, took to heart Jesus' charge to make disciples of all nations. He founded a religious community, the Order of Preachers, which differed from most orders of his day. Dominic trained preachers who traveled anywhere and everywhere to spread the Gospel.

The Dominicans continue to flourish today. "The Dominican Tradition," the first in a spirituality anthology series, provides readers a window into Dominican spirituality. You will learn the core values that shape their way of life. Mostly, you will come to realize that the spiritual legacy established by Dominic is as vibrant today as it was centuries ago.

"Phyllis Zagano, PhD, is senior research associate-in-residence at Hofstra University, where she teaches in the Department of Religion. She is also the author of "Woman to Woman" published by Liturgical Press."

"Thomas McGonigle, OP, teaches in the history department at Providence College in Rhode Island. He specializes in Dominican spirituality and history."

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The Dominican Tradition (Spirituality in History) by Phyllis Zagano & Thomas McGonigle has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Christian Century - 05/15/2007 page 41

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Studio: Liturgical Press
Pages   145
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.52 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   Liturgical Press
Series  Spirituality In History  
ISBN  0814619118  
ISBN13  9780814619117  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Phyllis Zagano is an internationally acclaimed Catholic scholar and lecturer on contemporary spirituality and women's issues in the Church, and senior research associate-in-residence and adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University. She is the author or editor of fifteen books in religious studies, including "Women Deacons: Past, Present, Future "(with Gary Macy and William T. Ditewig), "Mysticism and the Spiritual Quest, " and "On Prayer: A Letter for My Godchild." Her twice-monthly column, "Just Catholic, "runs in the" National Catholic Reporter."

Phyllis Zagano currently resides in the state of New York. Phyllis Zagano has an academic affiliation as follows - Hofstra University.

Phyllis Zagano has published or released items in the following series...
  1. In My Own Words
  2. Spirituality in History

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The Dominican legacy is as relevant today as it was centuries in the past.  Jan 6, 2007
Written by Thomas C. McGonigle (director of the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies) and Phyllis Zagano (teacher for the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Hofstra University), The Dominican Tradition: Spirituality in History is a history of the spiritual contributions and legacy of great preachers of the Dominican tradition, from Saint Dominic (1171-1221) himself to Thomas Aquinas, Bartolome de Las Casas, to modern-day spiritual thinker and seeker Timothy Radcliffe. A total of sixteen individuals are profiled; The Dominican Tradition pays especial note to each one's theological and spiritual writings, insights, beliefs and achievements. Accessible to readers of all backgrounds, The Dominican Tradition provides an excellent introduction to core Dominican spiritual values, and offers unmistakable evidence that the Dominican legacy is as relevant today as it was centuries in the past.
spiritual insights of outstanding members of Domincan order througout history   Dec 1, 2006
McGonigle lays out the history of the Dominican order by portraits of its most prominent and in many cases influential spiritual leaders from its founder St. Dominic in the early 13th century through Thomas Aquinas, Meister Eckhart, Catherine of Siena, and others to the still living Edward Schillebeeckx and Timothy Radcliffe. The portraits include not only biographical facts, highlights of spiritual interests, and summaries of insights, but also representative selections from writings of the 16 exceptionally spiritual individuals through the centuries. The portrayals demonstrate that "the breadth and universality of Dominic's vision made it possible to incorporate a variety of men and women into the Dominican family." While the intent and style is simply an introduction to the length and continuity of the history and the facets of the spirituality inspired by the precepts and the regimen originating with St. Dominic, they offer focus and direction for contemporary individuals. McGonigle teaches history at Providence College, where he is also director of Catholic and Dominican Studies.
Useful Introduction to Dominican Thought  Sep 21, 2006
The motto of the Dominicans, also known as the Order of Preachers, is "to praise, to bless, and to preach." In "The Dominican Tradition," Thomas C. McGonigle, O.P. and Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D. explore the ways that charism has been expressed throughout the centuries by highlighting sixteen persons who exemplify Dominican thought and action.

The introductory essay focuses on providing a general background on the Order of Preachers. McGonigle roots Dominic's vision of a new order dedicated to living an apostolic life of preaching, poverty, and service firmly in the historical events of his day. The thirteenth century was ripe for Christian renewal. There was a need for "preachers to be the living reflection of the Gospel they proclaimed." He used the Rule of St. Augustine as a guideline for his order. A copy of this Rule is included as the last chapter in "The Dominican Tradition."

McGonigle and Zagano then proceed to provide short biographical sketches of the Dominicans they have chosen to highlight. Each biography is followed by excerpts from one or two primary sources either written by or about the person in question. Included in these profiles are persons who anyone with a nodding acquaintance with Dominican history would expect to encounter: St. Dominic, Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, and in more recent history, Rose Hawthorne Lathrop. There are some surprises in the mix, however, such as Mechtild of Magdeburg, Henri Dominique Lacordaire, and the current Master of the Order of Preachers, Timothy Radcliffe.

The biographies are succinct and well-written, providing worthy introductions to these persons of note. The primary sources are also well chosen, with the possible exception of that which is included for John of Fiesole, better known as the famous painter Fra Angelico. This man spoke through his art. While the address of Pope Pius XII at an opening of an exhibition of his paintings at the Vatican in 1955 does provide insight into the man and his work, it might have been more helpful to have included a plate or two of his artwork instead.*

Perhaps the best primary source as it relates to the topic at hand is an essay by Edward Schillebeeckx composed in 1983 on Dominican spirituality. Schillebeeckx writes "A definitive all-round definition of Dominican spirituality cannot be given. You cannot make a final judgment on a story which is still going strong. We can only trace some of the main lines in the plot of the story." This is what McGonigle and Zagano attempted to do with this volume and they have succeeded in their quest. While certainly not a comprehensive study of the topic, it provides a wonderful introduction into how Dominican spirituality has manifested itself over the course of the past 800 years. "The Dominican Tradition" would make a great college text for a class exploring various strains of spirituality. It would also be useful as a starting point for anyone seeking to know more about the Dominicans and their impact on the world.

* Upon reading this review, Dr. Zagano pointed out to me that the cover illustration is by Fra Angelico.

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