The Dominican Friars make preaching a priority in their own ministry, but we also help form other preachers, including diocesan priests and priests of other religious orders, as well as women religious and lay women and men. Although the “homily” may only be preached by a priest or deacon during the celebration of the Eucharist, non-ordained men and women can preach in a variety of other settings including the Liturgy of the hours, retreats and renewals. In all cases, preaching requires adequate theological education and training, and in many cases preaching by the non-ordained also requires approval of the local pastor or bishop.We believe that the Holy Spirit has distributed the gift for preaching throughout the Church and we are committed to identifying and promoting those gifts wherever they are found.
Aquinas Institute of Theology, is the Province’s graduate school located in St. Louis, Missouri. It is the national leader in Catholic preaching education, and offers master’s level preaching courses for ministry students and the only Catholic doctoral program in preaching.
Aquinas Institute’s D.Min. in Preaching is not a remedial program. It is designed for experienced preachers who want to become “master preachers” and serve as resources to their local churches or congregations. The program offers a specialized curriculum that includes history of preaching, theology of preaching, homiletic theory, and biblical interpretation as well as a core seminar that allows students to share preaching and learn from each other’s critiques. Although the course material is rooted in Catholic theology, the program is open to qualified students from any Christian faith tradition. Current student includes priests, deacons, and clergy from a variety of denominations. Alums include pastors, seminary homiletics professors, and retreat preachers. Numerous D.Min projects have been published.