Gravina, Dominic, theologian; b. in Sicily, about 1573; d. in the Minerva, at Rome, August 26, 1643. He entered the Dominican Order at Naples, and made his classical and sacred studies in the order’s schools. As professor of theology in the Dominican college of St. Dominic (Naples), in the Minerva, and in other schools of his order, he became the most celebrated theologian of his time in Italy. He was made master of sacred theology by a general chapter of the order held at Rome in 1608, and then became dean of the faculty of the theological college of Naples. In the pulpit also he gained great renown, and was frequently called upon to conduct Lenten courses and to preach before Pope Paul V. He displayed, more over, a tireless activity in the administrative offices of prior and provincial in his own province, and of procurator general and vicar-general of the entire order. While discharging the duties of these two offices, to the latter of which he was raised by Pope Urban VIII, who had caused the general to be removed, he was also Master of the Sacred Palace. Of his many writings on theological subjects, chiefly of an apologetic character, a large number have never been published. Of the published works the most important are: “Catholic ae praescriptiones adversus omnes haereticos” (7 vols., Naples, 1619-39); “Pro sacro ordinis sacramento vindiciai orthodoxae” (Naples, 1634; Cologne, 1638); “Apologeticus adversus novatorum calumnias” (Naples, 1629; Cologne, 1638); “Lapis Lydius ad discernendas veras a faiths revelationibus” (2 vols., Naples, 1638), a mystical writing.
ARTHUR L. MCMAHON