An excerpt from Fr. John F. Hinnebusch's 24th Lecture in Dominican History dealing with Fr. Jandel and the revitalization of the Dominican Order in the 19th century.Vincent Jandel, Master General (1850-1872)Pius IX named Vincent Jandel, one of Lacordaire's first disciples, vicar general of the Dominican Order on October 1, 1850. Five years later Pius appointed him master general. The Order elected him for a second term of twelve years in 1862. He had completed ten of them at the time of his death. When he began to govern, the Order numbered about 4,562 members and had made some progress toward restoration and renewal. Jandel set it on a steep uphill climb that returned it to vigorous life. His energy, positive plans, persistent attention to the contemplative base of Dominican life, and determined implementation of the Constitutions were the qualities that made him a successful leader. For a long time, the Order had needed such a man; Dominicans had been waiting for someone to lead them in the task of rebuilding the Order.
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