The Catholic Church officially proclaims individual believers as "saints" or "blesseds" for their lives of exceptional commitment to God and love of neighbor, but the word "saint" is actually much broader in meaning. "Sanctity" means holiness, and the Church asserts that all men, women, and children are holy for they bear the image of God.
All Christians are guided by the hope that they might help build up God's Kingdom on earth and one day they might live with Christ in the heavenly kingdom. Those Christians whose lives are exceptionally exemplary and who have been shown to have interceded miraculously on behalf of others may be beautified and canonized by the Church.
The Dominican Order has a long tradition of recognized saints (individuals who have been canonized) and blesseds (individuals who have been beautified). Dominican saints include the founder of the Order himself, St. Dominic de Guzman; the world's most renowned theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas; and others who have lived lives of exceptional charity, such as St. Martin de Porres and St. Catherine of Siena. Dominican blesseds include St. Zedíslava Berkiana, Lay Dominican and wife, who raised four children, founded 2 Dominican priories, and developed charities for the needy, the sick, and indigent families.