As a part of the Southern Province’s celebration of the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Order, the Province is hosting a conference for the Dominican family – friars, sisters, laity – and our many friends and benefactors – that will provide an opportunity to gather as brothers and sisters united by our shared history and our love of the Order.
We invite you to join us at this once-in-a-lifetime event!
Organized around the four pillars of Dominican life, the weekend will feature time for prayer and community along with a program that will delve deeply into both the ministerial and intellectual traditions of the Order. The theme of the conference centers on the collaborative partnership of the patron of our Province, St. Martin de Porres and the first saint canonized in the Americas, St. Rose of Lima. As spiritual companions and ministerial partners dedicated to providing health care to Lima’s poorest outcasts, their love of God leading to love for the poor provides a model for living the preferential option for the poor worthy of emulating.
Date and Location
The conference will be held on October 21- 23, 2016 in Dallas, Texas at the DFW Airport Marriott Hotel. We have secured an excellent room rate of $119.00 per night and the hotel provides transportation to and from the airport.
Opening Session and Keynote Presentation
On Friday evening, our opening keynote presentation is being co-sponsored by the University of Dallas Ann and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry and will feature three extraordinary individuals; Fr. Bruno Cadoré, OP, Master of the Order of Preachers, Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez, OP, noted theologian who is widely known as the “father of liberation theology,” and Dr. Paul Farmer, the internationally recognized humanitarian physician and co-founder of Partners In Health. The program will be moderated by Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, Dean at the Catholic Theological Union. The conversation will be based on the best-selling book In the Company of the Poor, which was co-authored by Dr. Farmer and Fr. Gustavo with a preface by Fr. Bruno and all conference attendees will be given a copy of the book. This keynote presentation will be open to the wider Dallas community.
During the day on Saturday, Dominican friars, sisters and laity will offer presentations that will explore the lives of St. Martin de Porres and St. Rose of Lima from a variety of theological and spiritual perspectives including Scripture, preaching, spiritual companionship and social justice. These presentations are intended to engage the participants both intellectually and affectively and deepen their understanding of the ways in which the Dominican charism shaped the lives and actions of St. Martin and St. Rose, and how this relates to our own lives as Dominicans.
Prayer and Community
Morning prayer, evening prayer and Mass will be celebrated during the conference in a dedicated worship space and we are looking forward to some wonderful Dominican preaching and fantastic music. Meal times will be arranged to provide space and time for conversation and sharing. On Saturday evening, there will be a special dinner and program to celebrate our 800th Anniversary. The conference will close with a Sending Forth blessing by the Master of the Order.