“Let’s walk together”: an Outreach Mission of the Dominican family of the Roman Province

From August 28 to September 4, in Pratovecchio (Arezzo), we had an Outreach Mission organized by the Dominican family entitled “Let’s walk together”, inspired by the encounter on the way to Emmaus in the Gospel of Luke.

The Secretariat of the Dominican family of the Roman Province of St Catherine of Siena (composed of the Provincial Promoter, fr Christian Steiner, the nun, Sr Giovanna Figini, and the lay Dominican, Edoardo Mattei), in fulfilment of the mandate of the meeting of the representatives of the different Dominican communities, have been working for several months on the program and the planning of the missionary activities. With the help of the Provincial Promoter for Preaching, fr Antonio Cocolicchio, notices were sent to the entire family.

A band of missionaries was set up, about twenty friars, nuns, sisters and lay Dominicans from all over the Roman Province (which includes the regions of Abruzzo, Lazio, Sardinia, Tuscany and Umbria). This is a witness to the unity of the Dominican family and its commitment to the charism of St. Dominic at the service of the Church.

For the first time, the Dominican family has preached together – friars, nuns, sisters and lay people – joining together in the “Sacra Praedicatio“. The atmosphere of happiness and communion characterized the entire mission.

We all had the feeling of being at the time of Prouille: we were leaving the Dominican monastery of Pratovecchio for the mission sustained by the constant prayers of the nuns. In the evening, we were returning tired but eager to recount to our sisters the wonders we had experienced.

The mission has borne many fruits and we received the confirmation on Thursday morning when we entered the church and everybody was injured: arm in a sling, wrist brace, a limp for the ankle with osteoarthritis or sprain, and then cervical, broken toe … our enemy had visited us in the night but we have not been defeated.

Preaching is often identified with evangelization, which is part of it without exhausting its meaning. Preaching presupposes a spiritual life of prayer and meditation, supported by the sacraments of the   Eucharist and Reconciliation, and the study of the magisterium and theology to support the reasons for faith and expose the errors and “heresies”. In fact, the world has changed and we are not immune to these changes rather we live them every day. We are constantly challenged by innovation to continue to communicate the Gospel and to be a true presence of salvation and hope.

The objective of the Outreach Mission was: to support the faithful, to encourage the doubters and to confront the skeptics. There was no claim of proselytism but only the urgency of announcing the Good News to all because “every person has the right to hear the «Good News»” (Redemptoris Missio, 46).

After morning prayer and the Mass of commissioning, the mission started with activities for the little boys, the Eucharistic adoration and confessions at the Camaldolese monastery, visits to the sick and the day ended with Street Evangelization where the missionaries met people on the streets and in the pubs or stores to bring the message to all.

The afternoon resumed with “Listening Centres”, the Mission in the houses, and the public meetings in the square. During these meetings, a moderator would often ask one of the missionary a topical and pertinent question; from the war situation in Iraq to the labor situation in Italy, from the family to care for creation and to the challenges of the digital continent. Evening Mass was presided by a Dominican friar.

The day ended after dinner with a conference in the “Cenacolo” of the Dominican Monastery of Santa Maria della Neve and S. Domenico, where all the current issues were discussed and addressed. The Mission was opened and closed with the solemn Masses of commissioning and the closing Mass, the latter chaired by H. Exc. Mario Meini bishop of Fiesole.

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From August 28 to September 4, in Pratovecchio (Arezzo), we had an Outreach Mission organized by the Dominican family entitled 'Let's walk together', inspired by the encounter on the way to Emmaus in the Gospel of Luke. The Secretariat of the Dominican family of the Roman Province of St Catherine...
<p class="rtejustify">From August 28 to September 4, in Pratovecchio (Arezzo), we had an Outreach Mission organized by the Dominican family entitled "Let's walk together", inspired by the encounter on the way to Emmaus in the Gospel of Luke.</p> <p class="rtejustify">The Secretariat of the Dominican family of the Roman Province of St Catherine of Siena (composed of the Provincial Promoter, fr Christian Steiner, the nun, Sr Giovanna Figini, and the lay Dominican, Edoardo Mattei), in fulfilment of the mandate of the meeting of the representatives of the different Dominican communities, have been working for several months on the program and the planning of the missionary activities. With the help of the Provincial Promoter for Preaching, fr Antonio Cocolicchio, notices were sent to the entire family.</p> <p class="rtejustify">A band of missionaries was set up, about twenty friars, nuns, sisters and lay Dominicans from all over the Roman Province (which includes the regions of Abruzzo, Lazio, Sardinia, Tuscany and Umbria). This is a witness to the unity of the Dominican family and its commitment to the charism of St. Dominic at the service of the Church.</p> <p class="rtejustify">For the first time, the Dominican family has preached together - friars, nuns, sisters and lay people - joining together in the "<em>Sacra Praedicatio</em>". The atmosphere of happiness and communion characterized the entire mission.</p> <p class="rtejustify">We all had the feeling of being at the time of Prouille: we were leaving the Dominican monastery of Pratovecchio for the mission sustained by the constant prayers of the nuns. In the evening, we were returning tired but eager to recount to our sisters the wonders we had experienced.</p> <p class="rtejustify">The mission has borne many fruits and we received the confirmation on Thursday morning when we entered the church and everybody was injured: arm in a sling, wrist brace, a limp for the ankle with osteoarthritis or sprain, and then cervical, broken toe ... our enemy had visited us in the night but we have not been defeated.</p> <p class="rtejustify">Preaching is often identified with evangelization, which is part of it without exhausting its meaning. Preaching presupposes a spiritual life of prayer and meditation, supported by the sacraments of the   Eucharist and Reconciliation, and the study of the magisterium and theology to support the reasons for faith and expose the errors and "heresies". In fact, the world has changed and we are not immune to these changes rather we live them every day. We are constantly challenged by innovation to continue to communicate the Gospel and to be a true presence of salvation and hope.</p> <p class="rtejustify">The objective of the Outreach Mission was: to support the faithful, to encourage the doubters and to confront the skeptics. There was no claim of proselytism but only the urgency of announcing the Good News to all because "every person has the right to hear the «Good News»" (<em>Redemptoris Missio</em>, 46).</p> <p class="rtejustify">After morning prayer and the Mass of commissioning, the mission started with activities for the little boys, the Eucharistic adoration and confessions at the Camaldolese monastery, visits to the sick and the day ended with Street Evangelization where the missionaries met people on the streets and in the pubs or stores to bring the message to all.</p> <p class="rtejustify">The afternoon resumed with "Listening Centres", the Mission in the houses, and the public meetings in the square. During these meetings, a moderator would often ask one of the missionary a topical and pertinent question; from the war situation in Iraq to the labor situation in Italy, from the family to care for creation and to the challenges of the digital continent. Evening Mass was presided by a Dominican friar.</p> <p class="rtejustify">The day ended after dinner with a conference in the "Cenacolo" of the Dominican Monastery of Santa Maria della Neve and S. Domenico, where all the current issues were discussed and addressed. The Mission was opened and closed with the solemn Masses of commissioning and the closing Mass, the latter chaired by H. Exc. Mario Meini bishop of Fiesole.</p>

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