“And if I had to choose between a wounded Church that goes out onto the streets and a sick withdrawn Church, I would definitely choose the first one.”
The new evangelization and ecumenism are at the heart of our mission. We will encounter people of good will from many denominations and faith traditions, some who will be glad to see us, most will be curious, some will want to join us, and many will have questions. Direct and personal encounters with the people we meet on the way show an Order and Church that is not afraid to go outside of its doors. Our mission is simple yet far-reaching. After all, our Holy Father has asked us to “Go make a mess.”
• To walk across the provincial territory, getting to the territory and the people living there.
• To preach in small towns and parishes along the route, especially on weekends.
• To engage all people we encounter, especially non-Catholic Christians, and promote understanding and dialogue between faiths.
• To increase knowledge and identification of the Dominican tradition and mission.
• To encourage others to participate in our pilgrimage by supporting the mission or accompanying us along the journey.
• To involve others through social media in the pilgrimage by tracking our journey on the internet.
“May it [evangelization] be the great joy of our consecrated lives. And may the world of our time, which is searching, sometimes with anguish, sometimes with hope, be enabled to receive the Good News not from evangelizers who are dejected, discouraged, impatient or anxious, but from ministers of the Gospel whose lives glow with fervor, who have first received the joy of Christ, and who are willing to risk their lives so that the kingdom may be proclaimed and the Church established in the midst of the world.”
–Pope Paul VI, Evangelii nuntiandi
In solidarity with migrant workers and immigrants from Latin America, we have planned a northbound journey from New Orleans, LA, to Memphis, TN.
Since the beginning of Christianity people have traveled on long arduous journeys to bring their needs to God and visit holy sites. Our intention is the same: to bring the needs of the people of the Southern United States and the Order of Preachers before God, especially through the intercession of St. Martin de Porres.
Our pilgrimage has the intention of interceding with God for the friars of the Province of St. Martin de Porres in the United States, the success of our Dominican mission of preaching and evangelization and for all those to whom we minister.
As friars in the Southern United States, we are very aware of the difficulties that face the people to whom we minister. Among those challenges are especially the continuing struggle for racial equality, diversity and respect among peoples. This particular situation is now even more significant with the continuing growth of the immigrant population in the South. In an effort to preach the Gospel of Christ, which is for all peoples, and in order to promote love, hospitality, generosity, unity and the Gospel command to recognize and welcome Christ in all people, we have chosen to undertake this pilgrimage.
We have chosen as our destination, in particular, the shrine of St. Martin de Porres in Memphis, TN, which commemorates a Peruvian saint of mixed race (of a black slave woman and a rich Spaniard).