Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Dominican Hostess-General

I was up at Santa Sabina today, and snapped a pic of a tombstone I've been meaning to photograph for ages. It's described on the Church Ladies' 'blog
....in the floor between the fourth and fifth pillars, there is memorial of particular interest especially to Dominican Tertiaries. It covers the tomb of Stephania dell'Isola, a Tertiary who, because of her on failing and generous hospitality to any of the Brethren that passed her way, was given the unique title of "Hostess General of the Order of Preachers", as may be read in the inscription. She had lived about 6 miles north of Rome and when she died in 1313 was brought to Santa Sabina for burial. She is depicted wearing the cloak and mantle of the Tertiary and holding the book of the Tertiary Rule in her hands.

[ A Short Guide to Santa Sabina, Fr Hilary J Carpenter OP]
Click the photo for an enlargement and to inspect the Latin text.

Near the church is a door with a suitable reflection for Lent:

All things are passing...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


"Tertiary?" You mean like Catherine of Siena, Louis DeMontfort, Benedict XV, Pius XII, and Servant of God Fulton J. Sheen?

Someone should show that to our Master General. By the will of Father Carlos Aspiroz, we poor Tertiaries are now "Lay Dominicans." Talk about a hermeneutic of DISCONTINUITY. Ugh!

Perhaps you can take him round the tomb, the next time he's in town!

~ Humbert, T.O.P.