Blessed Jordan of Saxony was born in the year 1190. He met St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), while at the University of Paris around 1219. He joined the Dominicans in 1220, and he was elected master general of the order after St. Dominic died in 1222. Blessed Jordan, a great preacher, helped the Dominicans grow rapidly until he drowned in a shipwreck in 1237. He is the patron of Dominican vocations.