The Philosophy Which Guides Our Mission
Becoming Dominican, in any generation, country or culture
is a deepening of our discipleship in the Word of God.
Our way of being disciples as Dominicans is to contemplate
the Word in prayer, integrate it within every aspect
of our life and preach it to the world. Moved by the
deepest needs of the human family, we embrace the mission
of preaching in whatever form our world demands. Our
mission of preaching, like that of Jesus, Dominic and
Catherine, requires us to be itinerant and mendicant.
Dominican life is always situated in the midst of the
dialogue between God and humanity, and among humankind.
Our engagement with the Word of God compels us, personally
and communally to study Scripture, theology, the arts
and sciences, as well as to cultivate lives of contemplation
and action. The Word of God will always be the connecting
and building us up into Christ’s faithful people.
As preachers we need to enter into dialogue with one
another, the broader Church, and with those who are
journeying other paths to God. As preachers in this
generation, we need to enter into partnership with others
addressing the systemic injustices of our day, especially
the developing role of women in the Church and society,
and the disregard for the sacredness of creation as
seen in the growing violence and exploitation in our
world. Entering into mutually respectful dialogue and
partnership requires a contemplative attitude, intellectual
work, asocial adaptation, personal flexibility, willingness
to collaborate with others, and the prophetic courage
of Dominic and Catherine.
Our relationships are marked by a spirit of co-discipleship,
joy, respect, mutuality, openness and inclusion. We
celebrate the grace of the multiculturalism present
among us and we open ourselves to welcome even greater
Dominican life is an adult choice made by those who
have come to love what they see in Dominican lives.
It is a response to a call to live interdependently
with others in the context of the Dominican Family and
the world. It is a movement towards wholeness and freedom
in which we support and sustain one another. Becoming
Dominican is a life long communal venture.