Preaching the Word of God is the primary mission of the Dominican Order. Dominicans continue to draw deeply from the Order’s roots and are supported by the “pillars.” Recognizing the need to read the “signs of the times,” the Church enters the third millennium with Dominicans in the vanguard. Friars of the Order are guardians of hope and truth, proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Presented with a materialist vision of humanity, Christ declared to the devil that, “man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” (Mt 4:4) In a culture increasingly tempted to exclude God from its idea of ‘the good life,’ the need to be mindful of the human person’s innate yearning for God is as urgent as ever.
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (Jn 17:3) In a culture severely blinded by moral relativism and quickly losing confidence in the possibility of attaining ultimate truth, the need for heralds of the truth revealed by God is grave. “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (Jn 8:32) Hence, Pope Benedict XVI did not hesitate to assert that: “…The greatest work of charity is evangelization, which is the ‘ministry of the Word.’ There is no action more beneficial – and therefore more charitable – towards one’s neighbor than to break the bread of the Word of God, to share with him the Good News of the Gospel, to introduce him to a relationship with God: evangelization is the highest and the most integral promotion of the human person.” (Message for Lent, 2013)
Caring for the poor and vulnerable, who are described in Scripture as “widows and orphans,” is likewise integral to “religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father.” (Jas 1:27) In our time, many of the poor are forgotten, migrants are often disdained, and the unborn and terminally ill are tragically cast aside, sometimes with horrendous brutality. As at other points in history, the passionate preaching of the God Who is Love is the antidote to the cold selfishness by which contemporary men and women are tempted. Dominicans bear witness to divine love through word and deed, thus serving as instruments through which Christ renews humanity.
Much thought, prayer, and conversation precedes the inquirer seeking to apply for acceptance into the Order of Preachers. The Promoter of Vocations will need some basic information from a candidate, such as his age, whether or not he is still in school and whether he is interested in the cooperator brothers or priesthood. Over a period of several months, the interested candidate and the Promoter of Vocations will remain in regular contact. including scheduled visits with Dominicans of the Central Province, including a Come and See weekend in St. Louis.