This Saint Dominic de Guzman Plaque is ideal as a gift for a birthday boy named Dominic (or Domenic, Dominick, Domingo, Dom, Nic) or birthday girl named Dominique (or Dominica). Available in three sizes – p112k: small (2 x 1.6 inches), p105m: medium (3.75 x 3 inches), and p12g: large (7.9 x 6.3 inches) – this solid bronze plaque hangs easily on the wall at home, in the study, or in the office. A great birthday gift for the “Dominic” in your life! This plaque is also perfect for Dominican schools and universities to welcome incoming students or as a recognition gift for donors, professors, and graduating students.
Saint Dominic de Guzman (1170-1221)
This plaque depicts St. Dominic (German: Dominikus), the Founder of the Order of Friars Preachers (O.P.), with four symbols: star, lilies, book, and bishop’s mitre. According to legend, when Dominic was baptized as a baby, his mother saw a star shining forth from his chest. He is often depicted with a star shining above or on his head. A lily, or stalk of lilies, represents Dominic’s notable chastity. According to another legend, Saints Peter and Paul gave Dominic a book (and a staff) and urged him to go into the world to preach. Dominic was offered a bishop’s mitre and bishopric (with all of its attendant wealth, power, and security) three times, but he refused each time out of his commitment to poverty and his conviction that he must preach convincingly and winningly, without ever resorting to threats or force. This solid bronze plaque – conceived and executed by a master goldsmith in Germany – is an excellent gift for everyone named Dominic (or any variation of this name) on their patron saint’s feast day (August 4th), on Christmas morning (a great “Christmas stocking stuffer”!), or on their birthday.