Fr. Dominik Jurczak, OP, Professor of Theology at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) and a DLC staff advisor, joins EWTN to tell a little about Saint Dominic and the Dominican charism. Fr. Dominik shares what the Holy Father’s message was to the Dominican order. He explains how they are celebrating the order’s Jubilee year.

Pope Francis is calling on Dominicans to be at the forefront of proclaiming the Gospel. The Dominican order is celebrating a Jubilee year, 800 years since the death of their order’s founder, Saint Dominic Guzman. Monday marked the day St. Dominic’s remains were moved to a basilica in Bologna, Italy.

– This this jubilee is very particular, because we are in the covid time, so we cannot gather as the order in one place, so we try to celebrate in different parts of the world.

One of the most important celebrations was the beginning of the jubilee year – said Fr. Dominic. – It was in in Bologna, where the tomb of Saint Dominic is. It was in January. We are celebrating in our communities, so we try to share the experience of faith, we try to share and to to enter into dialogue all over the world. The next celebration step will be the celebration in August, in Bologna – it will be in august 4th – at the closure of the of the Jubilee Year in January, 2022.

– But the most important is not to celebrate only at the liturgical level, but to rediscover our vocation and rediscover the call to preach the gospel. It was something beautiful in the letter of the Holy Father, pope Francis, who asked us to go to the peripheria to go to the end of the world. It is something very dominican: we are called really to to spread our experience of faith and to spread the gospel to the end of the world – concludes Fr. Dominic.