THE WAY OF THE DOMINICAN PREACHER: GO AND DO LIKEWISE!

English-speaking Dominican Jubilee Colloquium on Preaching
Saint Louis, Missouri
October 10-14, 2016
Englischsprachiges Vorbereitungstreffen der europäischen Teilnehmer
Augsburg, Deutschland
11.-13. Februar 2016

Kurzbericht zum Vorbereitungstreffen in Augsburg

Im Oktober 2016 findet im Rahmen des Jubiläumsjahres zum 800jährigen Bestehen des Dominikanerordens in St. Louis, USA, ein internationales Kolloquium zur dominikanischen Predigt statt. Was zunächst im kleinen Rahmen einer europäisch-amerikanischen Zusammenarbeit angedacht war, ist mittlerweile zu einer großen und internationalen Sache geworden, die von drei Instituten getragen wird: dem Aquinas Institute of Theology der Provinz des heiligen Albertus Magnus, USA, dem Institute of Preaching der philippinischen Provinz sowie dem Institut für Pastoralhomiletik (IPH) der Provinz Teutonia. Zum Kolloquium in St. Louis werden bis zu 100 Teilnehmer aus der Dominikanischen Familie weltweit erwartet. Unter dem Titel „The Way of the Dominican Preacher: Go and Do Likewise!“ wird sich die Veranstaltung in Vorträgen und Workshops mit der dominikanischen Predigt aus den verschiedenen Ordenszweigen auseinandersetzen: Schwestern, Brüder und Laien.

Die europäischen Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer waren vom 11.-13. Februar 2016 zu einem Vorbereitungstreffen nach Augsburg eingeladen, das vom IPH veranstaltet wurde. Das Treffen hatte zwei Schwerpunkte:

Zum einen ging es darum, sich gegenseitig kennenzulernen und mehr voneinander zu erfahren: Was meint dominikanische Predigt in den unterschiedlichen Kontexten der verschiedenen Herkunftsländer der Brüder und Schwestern? Welche gesellschaftlichen, politischen und kirchlichen Besonderheiten prägen die regionale Situation und wie wirkt sich das auf die Predigt aus?

Dazu nahmen wir uns einen Vormittag Zeit, der von einem regen und bewegenden Austausch geprägt war und eine große Bandbreite an unterschiedlichen lokalen Gegebenheiten und damit auch Predigtweisen zu Tage förderte. Die Brüder und Schwestern, die in Augsburg dabei waren, kommen aus folgenden Ländern: Norwegen (1 Schwester), Polen (3 Brüder), Ukraine (1 Bruder), Russland (1 Bruder), Slowakei (3 Brüder) und Deutschland (1 Schwester, 3 Brüder).

Einige Stichpunkte zur Predigtsituation und zu pastoralen Herausforderungen, die aus den Gesprächen festgehalten wurden, geben einen kleinen Einblick in regionale Unterschiede und Überschneidungen:

Norwegen:

  • Diskrete Art der Predigt vor allem durch Präsenz
  • Ökumenischer Dialog
  • Interkultureller / Internationaler Austausch über den Glauben
  • Predigt durch Kunst und die Übersetzung religiöser Literatur

 

Polen:

  • Stark pastoral orientiert
  • Größte Chance für die Predigt sind die äußerst gut besuchten Sonntagsmessen
  • Predigt im liturgischen Kontext / Liturgische Erneuerung
  • Katechese / Theologische Kurse für Laien

 

Ukraine:

  • Pastorale Arbeit mit jungen Menschen
  • Predigt über: Was ist das Christentum eigentlich?
  • Predigt über: Was bedeutet es, ein Jünger zu sein?
  • Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Kirchen
  • Stärkung der römisch-katholischen Identität

 

Russland:

  • Einladung zu unserer katholischen Tradition
  • Aufbau einer spirituellen Gemeinschaft der Glaubenden
  • Angebot einer spirituellen Heimat

 

Slowakei:

  • Pastoral orientiert
  • Gute Arbeit der Einzelnen, aber noch wenig gemeinschaftliche Projekte der Brüder
  • Hoher Bedarf an pastoraler Arbeit mit Familien
  • Herausforderung: Bildung einer Präsenz als Dominikaner in der Gesellschaft

 

Deutschland:

  • Individuelle Seelsorge
  • Ökumenischer Dialog
  • Seelsorge an wichtigen Knotenpunkten des Lebens
  • Schulische Erziehung Jugendlicher

Den zweiten Schwerpunkt des Vorbereitungstreffens bildeten drei Präsentationen zu gelungenen Predigtprojekten aus Polen, der Slowakei und aus Deutschland, u. a.:

  • Predigen mit Kunst – ein kreatives Angebot für junge Menschen in der Slowakei
  • ein polnischer Bruder mit einem eigenem, sehr erfolgreichen YouTube-Kanal- theologische Kurse für Laien in Polen
  • Berufungs-Coaching, eine Begleitungsform mit Fokus auf die eigenen Bedürfnisse und Talente, um eine erfüllte Zukunftsgestaltung zu entwickeln (Deutschland)

Diese Präsentationen sind die Grundlage für die Workshops, die von den europäischen Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmern in St. Louis im Oktober angeboten werden.

Eingerahmt wurden die Tage in Augsburg von der gemeinsamen Liturgie und ein paar rekreativen Elementen, so z.B. die Rekreation am ersten Abend, zu der alle Schwestern und Brüder etwas Leckeres aus ihrem Land mitgebracht hatten sowie eine sehr kurzweilige Stadtführung von P. Wolfram Hoyer aus dem Augsburger Konvent.

In der rechten Leiste finden Sie Impressionen der Veranstaltung.


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THE WAY OF THE DOMINICAN PREACHER: GO AND DO LIKEWISE!

English-speaking Dominican Jubilee Colloquium on Preaching
Saint Louis, Missouri
October 10-14, 2016
(Travel and begin on October 10,
depart and travel on October 14)


A Collaboration of the Dominican Family
Hosted by
Institute for Pastoral Homiletics, Province of Teutonia
Manfred Entrich, O.P.; Herbert Schlögel, O.P.;
Andreas Bordowski, O.P., Kerstin-Marie Berretz, O.P.

Aquinas Institute of Theology, Province of St. Albert the Great USA
Gregory Heille, O.P.; Dominic McManus, O.P.; Megan McElroy, O.P.

Institute of Preaching, Province of the Philippines
Clarence Victor Marquez, O.P.

Monday, October 10, 2016

  • Arrive at Conference Center by 6:00 p.m. at the latest
  • 6:30 p.m.        Evening Prayer in Conference Center chapel
  • 7:00 p.m.        Supper in Conference Center dining room
  • 8:00 p.m.        Social Time in Conference Center meeting room

Tuesday, October 11

  • 7:00 a.m.        Breakfast in Conference Center dining room
  • 8:00 a.m.        Shuttle bus to Aquinas Institute of Theology
  • 8:45 a.m.        Morning Prayer in Aquinas Institute Chapel
  • 9:15 a.m.        Morning Speech in Aquinas Institute room 149/151
                           Bruno Cadore, O.P., Master of the Order (Santa Sabina, Rome)
                           “The Preaching Mission of the Dominican Friars”
  • 10:15 a.m.      Break with refreshments in Ascension Commons
  • 10:45 a.m.      Questions and discussion
  • 11:30 a.m.      Eucharist with Aquinas Institute Community in chapel
  • 12:30 p.m.      Lunch in Ascension Commons
  • 2:00 p.m.        Five or six workshops led by participants: go to one workshop
                           —to be discussed in October
  • 3:30 p.m.        Reporting to the big group
  • 4:15 p.m.        Shuttle bus to Conference Center
  • 6:00 p.m.        Evening Prayer in Conference Center chapel
  • 6:30 p.m.        Dinner in Conference Center dining room
  • 7:00 p.m.        Social Gathering in Conference Center meeting room

Wednesday, October 12

  • 7:00 a.m.        Breakfast in Conference Center dining room
  • 8:00 a.m.        Shuttle bus to Aquinas Institute of Theology
  • 8:45 a.m.        Morning Prayer in Aquinas Institute Chapel
  • 9:15 a.m.        Morning Speech in Aquinas Institute room 149/151
                           Sara Boehmer, O.P., General Prioress, Dominican Sisters of
                           Bethany (Frankfurt, Germany), former DSI representative,
                           theologian and economist
                           “The Preaching Mission of the Dominican Sisters”
  • 10:15 a.m.      Break with refreshments in Ascension Commons
  • 10:45 a.m.      Questions and discussion
  • 11:30 a.m.      Eucharist with Aquinas Institute Community in chapel
  • 12:30 p.m.      Lunch in Ascension Commons
  • 1:30 p.m.        St Louis bus tour: St Louis Gateway Arch and Museum;
                           St. Louis Cathedral
                           —Dominic McMannes, O.P., and Megan McElroy, O.P.
  • 4:00 p.m.        Social hour with St Louis Dominican Family at St. Dominic
                           Priory
  • 5:15 p.m.        Evening Prayer with Dominican Family at St. Dominic Priory
                           chapel
  • 6:00 p.m.        Dinner in St. Dominic Priory dining room for priory brothers
                           and colloquium participants
  • 7:00 p.m.        Shuttle bus to Conference Center
  • 8:00 p.m.        Meeting of leaders of the three centers: Institute for Pastoral
                           Homiletics (Germany), Aquinas Institute of Theology (USA),
                           Institute of Preaching (Philippines) to widen the partnership
                           and discuss the fruit of this conference and what we can do
                           for the next three years

Thursday, October 13

  • 7:00 a.m.        Breakfast in Conference Center dining room
  • 8:00 a.m.        Shuttle bus to Aquinas Institute of Theology
  • 8:45 a.m.        Morning Prayer in Aquinas Institute Chapel
  • 9:15 a.m.        Morning Speech in Aquinas Institute room 149/151
                           Either Mary N. Erika Bolanos, O.P., professor of theology,
                           University of Santo Tomas, Manila or Jun Banaag, O.P.,
                           Dr. Love radio show, Manila
                           “The Preaching Mission of the Dominican laity”
  • 10:15 a.m.       Break with refreshments in Ascension Commons
  • 10:45 a.m.       Questions and discussion
  • 11:30 a.m.       Eucharist with Aquinas Institute Community in chapel
  • 12:30 p.m.       Lunch in Ascension Commons
  • 2:00 p.m.         Workshops led by participants
  • 3:30 p.m.         Reporting to the big group
  • 4:15 p.m.         Shuttle bus to Conference Center
  • 6:00 p.m.         Evening Prayer in Conference Center chapel
  • 6:30 p.m.         Dinner in Conference Center dining room
  • 7:30 p.m.         Meetings in regional groups about follow-up meetings in
                            regions of the world (with reports to be submitted)
  • 8:30 p.m.         Brief Reports to large group
  • 9:00 p.m.         Party

Friday, October 14

  • 7:00-9:00 p.m. Breakfast in Conference Center dining room
                            Morning departure


Water Tower Inn

  • Jeremy Schierhoff, General Manager (314-977-7500)
  • 40 rooms held for check in on Monday, October 10, 2016, with check out on Friday, October 14, 2016; non-reserved rooms will become available to the public 21 days prior to colloquium.
  • Add an additional 5 rooms in the block for Sunday check in and Saturday check out.
  • Group rate is $70/night.
  • Rate includes all hotel amenities: complimentary continental breakfast, SLU shuttle service, fitness center, complimentary passes to SLU’s Simon Recreation Center and pools, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet.
  • Aquinas Institute may modify contract terms, as needed, within a reasonable amount of time in advance.


Hospitality

Liturgy: planned by Aquinas Institute and St Dominic Priory
Hospitality at school: students
Place event on calendars of Priory, Aquinas Institute, Central Province vocation director (regarding scheduling of Come and See weekend).


Delaplane Initiative for Preaching Excellence Studio

  • Aquinas Institute’s web production studio can be used for webcasting, recording and online posting of keynote talks, homilies at Eucharist, and testimonials at Evening Prayer.
  • These also can be posted online with captioned subtitles translating into German, Spanish, and French.
  • We will decide how to put Tuesday sharing and Tuesday and Thursday workshops online—perhaps by posting of written summaries and action items in the four languages.
  • We also discussed the possibility of a webpage for the event, with opportunity being given for global comment and dialogue. Perhaps the Saint Louis studium’s Preaching Friars webpage could be asked to do this service.


Future planning meetings

  • October-November 2014—Andreas to Philippines and Vietnam
  • February 2015 in Augsburg with Greg: plan speakers and workshops (February 19 IPH staff meeting, February 20-21 Theology Workgroup, February 21 afternoon to Monday, February 23: colloquium planning)
  • Fall 2015 when Dominic McManus is in Rome—with Manfred and Andreas
  • Third week of Lent, March 2016: Andreas to St Louis for preparatory meeting (set this date in Augsburg in February 2015)
  • In October 2016, Manfred one to two weeks ahead, and Andreas arrives four days or so ahead
  • 2017 Europe, 2018 America, 2019 Asia—regional events, with partners invited


Other conversations during the meeting

“Eckhart and Dominican Preaching”: 29th Annual Conference of the Echhart Society, London, September 9–11, 2016
Michael Demkovich (mdemkovich@intldom.org) reported on the following program of speakers:

  • Karl Heinz Witte (Alfred Adler Institute, Munich). Essentially KHW will examine how Eckhart takes his abstract theological notions and transposes them into his vernacular preaching. He wrote in part: “my lecture would be to show, how, in his German preaches, Eckhart further develops the abstract problem to his special concept of the birth of the son in the soul and how he expresses the notion in a lively, metaphoric style”
  • Brian FitzGerald (St. Mary Magdelen College, New Hampshire) defended his doctorate at Lincoln College, Oxford on - The Medieval ‘Vates’: Prophecy, History, and the Shaping of Sacred Authority, 1120-1320. Part of this work treats the debate on authority including the Dominican Nicholas Trevet (c.1258-c.1334). In a very general sense he will examine Eckhart in light of this debate.
  • Oliver Keenan, O.P. (Blackfriars, Oxford) a Dominican friar whom I have had in tutorials and now a doctoral student at Oxford. He has published in the MMT on Eckhart’s epistemology and I would encourage him to look at Eckhart’s epistemology of preaching in some fashion.
  • Lydia Wegener (University of Bern) worked with Andreas Speer in Cologne now part of the Parzival-Project at Uni Bern. Her chapter in the Brill “Companion to Meister Eckhart” was on “Eckhart and the World of Women’s Spirituality” which examined assumptions linking Eckhart and medieval women mystics. I am asking her to expand on her treatment of the literary tradition among Dominican nuns in the first part of the 14th century. In her reply she wrote: “Indeed I would enjoy participating in the forthcoming conference as a speaker. Several years ago I attended a congress of the Eckhart Society which was very stimulating for my own research. So I am looking forward to the 2016 conference, particularly with regard to its extremely important and interesting topic.”

Dominican Institute of Toronto

  • On April 30, Manfred Entrich, Andreas Bordowski, Prakash Lohale and Gregory Heille met by skype with Darren Dias in Toronto, who is director of the Institute until 2015. By email,
  • Identity: We are a Roman Catholic organization rooted in the Dominican tradition. We are a collaborative community committed to the exploration and proclamation of the mystery of God’s Word in history in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious context. In keeping with the vision of St. Dominic we engage the Other in constructive and critical dialogue for the benefit of the church and society.
  • Mission: Our mission is one of conformity to and reflection on the Word of God expressed through three commitments. First, we are committed to promoting quality liturgical preaching and literacy within the Roman Catholic ecclesial context and in the wider ecumenical community. Second, we are committed to fostering spaces for encountering the Word through dialogue with the academy, other religions and those who seek meaning in contemporary culture. Third, we are committed to sharing with others the fruits of Dominican Order’s eight-hundred year old tradition of engagement with the Word.
  • Values: We highly value and appreciate collaborative ministry in the church today. Our theological analysis of contemporary culture includes the integration of liberation, feminist, and ecological perspectives and the insights of postcolonial and diversity studies. We value the diversity reflected in the constitution of our Institute, in terms of language, culture, and gender as well as in our programs. In our theological analysis of culture we endeavor to read the ‘signs of the times’ for the benefit of the mission of the Church.
  • Preaching Workshops: These are offered three times a year and are aimed at the clergy of the Archdiocese of Toronto. The workshops are built around the cycle of readings in a given period of the liturgical year.
  • Round Table Discussions: The objective of these round tables is to raise the subject of preaching and bring it into the consciousness of the diocese through dialogue and discussion. Each roundtable consists of a distinct group of people: laity, diocesan clergy, religious clergy, religious, deacons, etc. The roundtables will meet twice yearly. The first conversations address the role of preaching in the experience of the faithful and community as the context for breaking open the word. Subsequent topics will be determined by the discussions but include preaching as a collaborative ministry and the development of themes and programs.
  • Public Speaking: We offer public speaking courses for those who have not preached in English before. This means new preachers but especially preachers who come to Toronto from other countries and for whom English is not their first language. These sessions are not courses in preaching but communication courses given by professional public speakers such as our friends at Toastmasters, Christopher Leadership Courses and even actors.
  • A Community Project: A strength of the Toronto community is that it is international and multi-cultural so we have diverse preaching experiences in various languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Maltese) and cultural contexts (North America, Europe, Latin America). As a small community, each and every member of the community is directly involved in the project, even if it means being a presence to welcome workshop participants.
  • Collaborators: Currently we collaborate with the following entities: 1. Dominican friars, 2. Dominican laity of Toronto, 3. University of St. Michael’s College, 4. Archdiocese of Toronto, (Cardinal, Chancery and parishes), 5. Religious Communities, 6. Catholic Media (Salt and Light)
  • Darren reported that the Institute also collaborating with the University of St. Michael’s College on a colloquium on “Dominicans in Vatican II” on May 7–9, 2015. The Institute also collaborates with the University of St. Michael’s College and the Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies on a visiting scholars program.
  • Darren Dias OP, Director, Dominican Institute of Toronto, 372 Huron St., Toronto ON M5S 2G4 CANADA, darren.dias@utoronto.ca


The Institute of Preaching, Dominican Province of the Philippines

  • While we were not able to schedule a skype meeting, during our Saint Louis conversations email was exchanged by both Andreas Bordowski and Greg Heille with Clarence Marquez, director of the Institute of Preaching.
  • The Institute of Preaching, under the aegis of the Dominican Province of the Philippines, is most eager to participate and promote our the Holy Preaching during the Jubilee Year.
  • Now, the Institute is in the midst of preparations for Praedicare, a conference on preaching to be held in Davao City, in Mindanao, to reach out to Dominican Family members and institutions and affiliates there. A highlight will be a Muslim scholar to discuss Preaching in Islam. In June, the Institute of Preaching will accompany the clergy of the Diocese of Paranaque, a suffragan of Manila, in their renewal of preaching.
  • Andreas Bordowski will visit the Philippines in October to continue the conversation.
  • Clarence Marquez, clarop@gmail.com


Dominican Laity

  • Greg Heille met by Skype with Laura Dejmek, the Promoter of Preaching for the Dominican Laity of the Province of St Albert the Great USA, to report on our planning for the colloquium and our desire to include Dominican laity in a global way.
  • Laura Dejmek, preacherop@juno.com