Croatian Dominican Province
|Hrvatska dominikanska provincija Navještenja Blažene Djevice Marije|
|Anto Gavrić, OP|
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The Croatian Dominican Province of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Croatian: Hrvatska dominikanska provincija Navještenja Blažene Djevice Marije) is a province of the Dominican Order, Roman Catholic order founded in the 13th century. The Province has 13 convents and houses located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia.
On the second General Chapter of the Order in 1221, Saint Dominic entrusted his associate Paul the Dalmatian to implant the Order in the Kingdom of Hungary-Croatia. In the Middle Ages the Dominicans spread to all Croatian areas. First they came in Dubrovnik in 1225 and at the beginning of the 14th century they began to build the monumental complex of the Monastery and church of Saint Dominic. During the 13th century they established monasteries in Nin (1228), Čazma (1229), Ban Brdo in Vrhbosna (1233), Dubica (1235), Zagreb (before 1241), Virovitica (before 1242), Zadar (1244), Split, Croatia (1245), Pag (c. 1250), Ulcinj (1258), Trogir (1265), Bihać (1266), Kotor (1266), Skradin (before 1312) and Brskovo (1285). In the 14th century several monasteries were established: Požega (1303), Hvar (1312), Šibenik (1346), Bosanska Krupa (before 1357) and Senj (before 1378) and Krk (before 1380). Until 1380 the Croatian monasteries were part of the Hungarian Province with vicars for the area along the Adriatic Sea.
Pope Urban VI recognized complete autonomy of the Dalmatian Province in the bull Sedis Apostolicae of March 3, 1380. Newly erected Province of Dalmatia covered monasteries along the eastern Adriatic and had its headquarters in Zadar. During the 15th and 16th century numerous monasteries were established: Rab (1426), Čiovo (1432), Gruž (1437), Bol (1474), Rijeka (1477), Korčula (1501), Budva (1513) and others.
Following the process of reform in the Order, the reformed Congregation of Dubrovnik was founded in 1486, uniting three priories in the territory of the Republic of Ragusa: St. Dominic's Priory in Dubrovnik, Holy Cross Priory in Gruž and St. Nicholas' Priory in Lopud. Congregation spread with the foundation of new priories: on the island Ruda (1535), in Župa dubrovačka, Broci (1628), Viganj (1671) and Orašac (1690).
Congregation of Senj
Priories of Senj, Modruš and Bihać located on the territory of the Croatian-Hungarian Kingdom formed Congregation of Senj (Congregation of Croatia) in 1508, which, in some documents of the Order is also called the Province of Croatia. Later the Congregation grew with the foundation of new priories: Trsat, Brinje, Kraljevica, Veruda and Gradišće. The majority of these priories were destroyed during the Ottoman invasion. The last time that mention is made of this Congregation is in 1585. 
|St. Dominic's Priory||Dubrovnik||1225|
|St. Catherine's Priory||Split||1245|
|St. Dominic's Convent||Trogir||1265|
|Holy Cross Convent||Gruž, Dubrovnik||1437|
|Our Lady of Graces Convent||Bol||1474|
|St. Peter Martyr's Convent||Stari Grad, Hvar||1481|
|St. Nicholas' Convent||Korčula||1501|
|Our Lady of the Rosary Priory||Maksimir, Zagreb||1927|
|St. Jerome's Convent||Rijeka||1951|
|St. Joseph's Convent||Žalec, Slovenia||1965|
|Our Lady Convent||Petrovče, Slovenia||1975|
|Bl. Augustine's Convent||Klopče, Zenica||1978|
|Bl. Augustine's Priory||Peščenica – Žitnjak, Zagreb||2001|
Notable Croatian Dominicans
- Bl. Augustin Kažotić (c. 1260-1323), Bishop of Zagreb and Lucera
- John of Ragusa (c. 1380-1443), theologian
- Vinko Pribojević (mid-15th century - after 1532), historian and ideologue, founder of the pan-Slavic ideology
- Ambroz Ranjina (1490-1550), first Croatian biographer
- Serafin Crijević (1696-1759), historian and encyclopedist, author of the first encyclopedia of the Dalmatian language (Ragusan Library)
- Krasić, Stjepan. The Epitome of the History of the Dominican Order in the Croatian Regions (in Croatian). Zagreb. ISBN 953-167-086-2.