Jordanus of Saxona

Jordanus Of Saxona second general of the Dominicans, was born at Borrentrick, in the diocese of Paderborn, near the close of the twelfth century. After studying theology at the University of Paris, he joined the Dominicans in 1219, and in 1220 took part in the first general chapter of his order. In 1221 he was made prior of the province of Lombardy, and finally elected general in 1222, ten months after the death of St. Dominic. The order grew rapidly under his administration, and soon possessed establishments as far as Poland, and even in Palestine, whither Jordanus went in 1228. The ship was wrecked on the return voyage, and Jordanus drowned, in 1236. He wrote, De Principio Ordinis Proedicatorum (Echard, Scriptores Ordinis Proedicatorum, vol. 1): — Epistola de Translatione corporis B. Dominici (Bzovius, Annales, 1233, vol. 1): — Super Priscianum, et quoedam grammaticalia, a MS. in the Leipzig Library. See Acta Sanctorum, Feb., 2, 720; Echard, Scriptores Ordinis Proedicatorum, 6, 93; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Générale, 26, 941. (J.N.P.)

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