We are happy to announce that the long-awaited Dominican Charism on-line learning platform will be launched Easter Monday, April 13th with the activation of the first two modules. Sr. Connie Schoen, OP shares the story of “The Life, Spirit and Mission of St. Dominic.” “The Call to Preach” module involves sessions by Sr. Sara Fairbanks, OP, Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP, Sr. Angela Mwaba, OP and Sr. Megan McElroy, OP. This module also includes short video clips of diverse members of the Dominican family and video clips focused on the preaching of the community of Barry University, the Sisters of Peace, the Summit Nuns in New Jersey, the Racine Dominicans, and the Maryknoll Sisters. An additional video by Sr. Barbara Schwarz, OP focuses on preaching through the arts.
Submitted by Gregory Heille, O.P. (Director, Doctor of Ministry in Preaching – Aquinas Institute of Theology)
The Censored Pulpit: Julian of Norwich as Preacher
by Donyelle C. McCray
Publisher: Fortress Academic (October 16, 2019)
Having met Dr. Donyelle McCray at the Academy of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary in December, I was inspired by this fresh new voice about the spirituality and pedagogy of preaching. Dr. McCray, who teaches at Yale Divinity School, is an African American preacher of Baptist and Episcopalian background who writes about the spirituality of preaching with an exciting Catholic sensibility. Though I balked at the price of her beautifully manufactured 140-page book, I realize now that this is a fair price for such intelligent research and expression and a book worth considering for a Dominican community library. I kept imagining this account of the preacherly vocation of Julian of Norwich being read during meals at Dominican monasteries, and I imagined Julian’s story inspiring insight on the part of Dominican laity and apostolic sisters and friars, as well.
The Dominican Sisters of Peace welcomed ministry leaders from 13 sponsored ministries in 7 states for their annual Ministry Leader Gathering, held at the Martin de Porres Center in Columbus, OH, on February 19-20.
Ministries represented at this gathering included ecology centers, retreat centers, and learning centers. The theme of the meeting was “Carrying the Charism into Tomorrow” and explored issues such as sustainability/capacity, mission advancement, and resources for sharing the Dominican Charism to advisory council/board members.
Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis is seeking students for its Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program. Since its inception in 1993 as the only Catholic doctoral program in preaching, the program has remained unique. Our hybrid style of learning enables students to maintain their full-time ministry commitments. Students engage in online study and dialogue throughout the semester with a mid-course, on-campus intensive seminar held locally in St. Louis.