Since Advent of 2005 the Dominican Family worldwide has been preparing to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the confirmation of the Order of Preachers, which will happen in 2016. We began this grace-filled pilgrimage by commemorating the founding of the first Dominican community in Prouilhe - the birth place of the Holy Preaching.
The brothers and sisters who minister in the General Curia at Santa Sabina in Rome, in an attempt to give these ten years of Jubilee Pilgrimage a central focus, have decided to group the entire decade of Jubilee years under one general guiding theme, a theme that emerges from this year dedicated to St. Paul: "Woe to us if we do not preach the gospel!" (cf. 1 Cor 9:16). These words of St. Paul, which could be said to be at the heart of our Dominican vocation, will be the guiding light that enlightens our steps as we journey to the Jubilee celebration of 2016. The sub-theme provided for each year (see below), offers us the opportunity to focus on a particular dimension of our Dominican life and ministry.
General Theme - "Woe to us if we do not preach the gospel!" (cf. 1 Cor. 9,16)
Yearly Themes to prepare for the jubilee:
2009 -"In the beginning was the Word" (Jn 1:1): St. Dominic, Preacher of Grace
2010 -"How can people preach unless they are sent?" (Rom 10:15): The Mission of Preaching
2011 - "We hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God" (Acts 2:11): Preaching and Culture / Community Preaching
2012 -"Go and tell my brothers…" (Jn 20:17): Dominican Women and Preaching
2013 - "Do unto me according to your Word" (Lk 1:38): Mary: Contemplation and Preaching of the Word
2014 - "Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions (Joel 3:1): The Dominican Laity and Preaching
2015 -"If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32);
-"For freedom Christ set us free" (Gal 5:1): Dominic: Government, Spirituality and Freedom
2016 -"Woe to us if we do not preach the gospel!" (cf. 1 Cor 9:16): The Order of Preachers: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow