Dominican Preaching in Action
Barry University has made it a tradition of participating with other Dominican Universities in the US at the yearly Dominican College Preaching in Action Conference. Barry students who would like to go are given a full scholarship (including airfare) and are required to commit to one year of service with Campus
Those who follow the teachings of St. Dominic were called to preach the Truth to others that all persons might live in freedom and love. Preaching the Word of God and living that Word are One for the Dominicans (the Order of Preachers).
Founded in Faith. Dominicans preach in action—they are called to make the preaching real. Based in a faith grounded in the recognition of God's love for all Creation and God's desire for its flourishing, they believe they can make the preaching real. They encourage all people, whatever their path, to answer God's call--to love God and neighbor in response to God's outpouring love.
Love's Call to Service and Justice. We cannot flourish unless all flourish. All are called to love and serve others and to care for Creation. In 2006, the Dominican Family issued a Call to Justice that framed their active expression of love for all Creation by outlining specific issues they would address:
- Care of Creation
- Encouraging a Culture of Peace
- Establishing Global Partnerships
Initiatives were developed to address each issue, all specific to contemporary world conditions:
- Global Warming
- The death penalty
- Israel and Palestine
- Human trafficking
- United Nations
Preaching in Action at the Local Level
Campus Ministry and other areas within Barry University have offered a number of educational workshops, justice-promoting events, academic presentations, and liturgical celebrations focused around the Dominican Family's Call to Justice. In this section of our website, we will record some of these activities, integrating them with resources drawn from the larger Church Tradition and Dominican tradition.
Preaching in Action at the National Level
Ministry at a level of their choosing. More information about the Preaching In Action Conference is below:
The National "Preaching in Action" Conference is a venue where college age students explore Dominican spirituality and preaching.
The National College "Preaching in Action" Conference is a collaborative response to our desire as Dominicans to introduce college students to the foundations and characteristics of Dominican Preaching.
We commit ourselves to actively engage students in prayer, preaching the Word, service, community and modeling creative ways to make preaching a living dynamic in their daily lives.
What's it all about?
It's about gathering together to discover how each of us is called to preach the Gospel message in our own unique way.
What happens at the Preaching in Action Conference?
You'll have an opportunity to speak out: In group discussions with new friends. You'll learn about the Dominican charism of preaching and how that charism can be incorporated into your life.
Through your interests.
An array of speakers representing various congregations and provinces in the Order, will facilitate an experience of yourself as preacher using the mediums of art, dance, drama and music.
By hearing the Word of God.
You will learn how the Word of God is so vital to the life of all Dominicans and come to know ways you can make that Word come alive.
In prayer and the liturgy.
Using musical talents, gifted voices and individual creativity, you will participate in the preparation of prayer services and liturgies that are a vital part of the conference. This powerful experience can be brought back to your own parishes, campus ministries or any other spiritual gathering.
Move forward boldly.
Awareness of the signs of the times will encourage you to fulfill your own Christian mission of preaching the Good News. You'll be challenged to do what you have never done before: to preach the "Good News" to others.
Who can attend the Preaching in Action Conference?
Students from Dominican Colleges, or colleges which have a Dominican presence, throughout the United States are eligible to attend the Preaching in Action Conference. The Conference was begun originally when the connection between the Dominican tradition of preaching and the desire of many students to answer their own call to preach was recognized. Four sophomore or junior students and an adult mentor from each college or university are accepted for this college preaching conference. It is conducted annually at different Dominican college sites.