XIII Dominican Family Study Week in Dubrovnik
The following day fr Thomas commented on a document of the General Chapter of the Order of Preachers from Avila 1986. The document identified five frontiers in our preaching. In his lecture fr Thomas explored how these frontiers had shifted since the publication of the document. On Wednesday morning fr Richard delivered a lecture exploring the Christological call of the preacher. The final two lectures were give by fr Joseph Kavanagh of the Irish Province. In his first lecture he tried to look at St Dominic from today’s perspective and then at today’s preaching from the perspective of St Dominic. He explored the challenges facing the preaching of the Gospel today and especially highlighted the child abuse crisis. In his second lecture fr Joseph talked about how hope has to be at the centre of our preaching and work. He used the example of the Priory Institute in Tallaght, outside Dublin, as a concrete example of this.
The study week provided an occasion for the Dominican Family to come together and take stock of our common mission to preach the Gospel. It allowed us to ask not only how we preach but why we preach. Despite differences in language, culture, nationality, and background, one could not help but notice the unity and fraternity of the participants and their dedication to their common goal ‘to bless, to praise, and to preach’.