does the grace of preaching mean today?
Preaching Commission Calls on
Dominican Family to Reflect Together
SABINA, ROME - March 12, 2007-- The first meeting of the newly
created International Preaching Commission of the Order was held
here February 11-14,
Quoting fr. Carlos Azpiroz Costa: " the grace of preaching
had been given by the Holy Spirit to the entire family for the
renewal of preaching in the Church and world,"-- the
commission explored a variety of questions and realities around
how Dominicans collaborate in the preaching mission. The promoters
of preaching have recieved information and a report on this meeting
and are being asked to follow up within their own congregations
and provinces to inititate conversation and reflection.
Mary Catherine Hilkert (Akron) reported that the
meeting was a wonderful experience of Dominican collaboration and
dialogue among the friars, sisters, and lay members of the Order.
She noted that the nuns were among the first to send their reflections
on the preaching charism of the Order to Santa Sabina and that
they supported the meeting of this Commission with their prayers
as well. Catherine commented that although the members of the Commission
came from diverse contexts and had different concerns and expectations,
the group was in full agreement that preaching is at the heart of
our vocation and identity.
The Commission was eager to invite all
branches of the Order to explore the implications of that conviction
for our theological formation, for the lifestyle in our houses, and
for more effective forms of collaboration among the branches of the
Order. Read the Commission's Letter
to the Family.
The Commission was established in 2006 by the Master of the Order
Carlos Aspiroz as a standing commission of the Order. When he met
with the Commission in February, Carlos encouraged the members
to consider the following questions: "What
does the grace of preaching mean today? How do we bring about the
renewal of preaching in the entire Order as essential to our common
vocation? Within that context, how can we open and widen institutional
authorization to preach?" He also remarked that this was not a task for
the friars alone, but needed the reflection of the whole family
if the Order was to grow in all its branches.
Catherine expressed the hope that those in positions of leadership
in the Dominican Order in the United States and the promoters of
preaching will take up the invitation of the Commission to find
ways to structure conversations in our congregations, provinces,
and area meetings around the following two questions and to send
the results of those discussions to the Commission as a resource
for its future work.
1. We invite you to share with us your own experiences of collaboration
and your hopes, difficulties and dreams of how we can work together
more fully in the future.
2. We urge you to share with us models for making our houses
Members of the Commission are appointed for a four-year term.
In addition to the questions listed above, future meetings of the
Commission will include discussion of new forms of evangelization
and the specific challenges that preachers face in diverse settings
around the globe, the necessity of listening to the concerns of
our hearers and the world before preaching, the importance of emphasizing
the liberating power of the Word and action on behalf of justice
and peace as integral to our preaching of the Gospel, and study
and discussion of the question of authorization for preaching by
the non-ordained in the liturgical context.
Report on Work in Progress A
letter to the Domincian Family about the Preaching Work of the
Download a Word version of the Commission letter here.
the Summary on Dominican Charism of Preaching
International Preaching Commission:
Sr Viviana Ballarin, OP
Sr. Blanca Gomez, OP
Sr. M. Catherine Hilkert, OP
Sr Petronille Kayiba, OP
Duncan MacLaren, OPL (Scotland)
Allan White, OP
Sidbé Sempore, OP
Daniel Cadrin, OP
Felicisimo Martinez, OP
Ex officio members
Marcio Couto, OP
Chrys McVey, OP
US member of the International Preaching Commission, Mary Catherine
Hilkert, OP (Akron)