‘Music for a Jubilee Year of Mercy, Celebrating 800 Years of Dominican Presence in the World’

Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality is dedicating its annual gala concert of classical music to observing both the Jubilee Year of Mercy and our 800th Dominican Jubilee Year. It is fitting to observe these two jubilees together for they are linked as gifts for a world that needs what both have to offer; mercy because it brings forgiveness, and Dominican preaching because it proclaims the Good News of God’s unconditional love. Mercy offers healing and forgiveness, and Dominican preaching calls all to a just, loving and compassionate presence in the world.

The program will include the anthem composed for our Dominican jubilee year, “Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare.” It will be featured as an instrumental piece and as a closing anthem to be sung by the audience.

Pope Francis calls our attention to the least among us who “seek to be raised up in an embrace of forgiveness and indulgent love.” Calling for an indulgent love somehow makes love more real, capturing the attention of all people who long for an end to violence and conflict. Responding to this call of mercy, Shem Center is committed to interreligious dialogue, promoting mercy, inclusiveness and respect for all people.

The Dominican Family is cordially invited to join us on Sunday, May 1, 2016, 3:00pm, First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301.

Joseph Kilikevice, O.P.
Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality