Dominique Pire

About Dominique Pire

Who is it?: Cleric, Educator
Birth Day: February 10, 1910
Birth Place: Dinant, Belgian
Alma mater: Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) (1934–1936), Catholic University of Leuven (1936–1937)
Parent(s): Georges Pire & Berthe Ravet

Dominique Pire

Dominique Pire was born on February 10, 1910 in Dinant, Belgian, is Cleric, Educator. Dominique Pire was a Belgian cleric and educator known for his work in helping refugees in post-World War II Europe. Completely dedicated to humanitarian causes, he founded many organizations whose activities have benefited thousands of people around the world. He always advocated human unity and was an ardent supporter of internationalism. Born in Belgium a few years before the World War I broke out, he and his family had to flee from their homeland when the Germans advanced into their country at the outbreak of the war, in 1914. They lived in France for four years before returning home to discover that their home was now in ruins. This early experience of being a war-time refugee left a deep impact on the young boy’s mind. On growing up, he entered the Dominican monastery of La Sarte at Huy and took his final vows, in 1932. He went on to complete his doctorate in theology and he returned to the monastery at Huy to teach sociology and moral philosophy. He tirelessly worked for humanitarian causes during and after the World War II and was active in the underground escape system that returned downed Allied flyers to their own forces. He received many honors for his work in helping refugees in post-World War II Europe, including the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1958.
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As per our current Database, Dominique Pire has been died on January 30, 1969(1969-01-30) (aged 58)\nLeuven, Belgium.

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When Dominique Pire die, Dominique Pire was 58 years old.

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Occupation Miscellaneous
Age 58 years old
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Born February 10, 1910 (Dinant, Belgian)
Birthday February 10
Town/City Dinant, Belgian
Nationality Belgian

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Dominique Pire’s zodiac sign is Pisces. According to astrologers, Pisces are very friendly, so they often find themselves in a company of very different people. Pisces are selfless, they are always willing to help others, without hoping to get anything back. Pisces is a Water sign and as such this zodiac sign is characterized by empathy and expressed emotional capacity.

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At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 Pire's family fled from Belgium to France in a boat to escape advancing German troops. After the armistice of 1918 the family was able to return to Dinant, which had been reduced to ruins.


Pire studied Classics and Philosophy at the Collège de Bellevue and at the age of eighteen entered the Dominican priory of La Sarte in Huy. He took his final vows on 23 September 1932, adopting the name Dominique, after the Order's founder. He then studied theology and social science at the Pontifical International Institute Angelicum, the Future Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum in Rome, where he obtained his doctorate in theology in 1936 with a thesis entitled L’Apatheia ou insensibilité irréalisable et destructrice (Apatheia or unrealisable and destructive insensitivity). He then returned to the Studium of La Sarte where he taught sociology.


In 1949, he began studying issues relating to postwar refugees (Displaced Persons [DP]) and wrote a book about them, entitled Du Rhin au Danube avec 60,000 D. P.. He founded an organisation to help them. The organisation established sponsorships for refugee families, and during the 1950s built a number of villages in Austria and Germany to help house many refugees. Although a Dominican friar, Dominique Pire always refused to mix his personal faith with his commitments on behalf of the disadvantaged, a decision that was not always understood by his religious superiors.


He died at Louvain Roman Catholic Hospital on January 30, 1969, from complications following surgery.


More than 30 years after his death, the four organizations he founded are still active. In 2008 a program was established in honour of his work at the Las Casas Institute at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford.

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