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Jordan of Saxony
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Fresco of Jordan in the convent at Worms
Master-General of the Order of Preachers
Born c. 1190, Westphalia, Saxony
Died 1237, near Syria
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified 1825 by Pope Leo XII (cultus confirmed)
Feast 13 February
Patronage University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Engineering

Blessed Jordan of Saxony (referred to in Latin as Jordanus, also known as de Alamania) (c. 1190 – 1237), a German of noble descent, possibly from Borgberge near Dassel in the Duchy of Saxony. He was a student at Paris when he was received into the Dominican Order by Reginald of Orleans, one of the early Order's most effective preachers.

In 1222 he became successor of the founder of the Order and its first master general, Saint Dominic. Like Saint Dominic, he was famed as a strict disciplinarian whose enthusiasm for the rule was tempered with kindness.

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 principiis Ordinis 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 Syria when his ship sunk while he was on his way from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1237.

Jordan was buried in the Dominican church of Akko in present-day Israel. His feast day is 13 February. A section of Gerald Frachet's Vitas fratrum is dedicated to describing his character, virtue, and miracles.

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Preceded by
Dominic de Guzman
Master General of the Dominican Order
1222–1237
Succeeded by
Raymundo de Peñafort


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