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Convocation 2010 Keynote Address: Preaching in the Public Square

Fr. Charles E. Bouchard, O.P.

This article is the Keynote Address given by Fr. Charles E. Bouchard, O.P., at the 2010 Precious Blood Convocation on July 27, 2010.  The convocation was a gathering of approximately 300 members and lay associates of the Precious Blood Religious Congregations serving throughout North America. The theme of the convocation was"Who will speak a word that will rouse them?  I can, I must, I will. Will you?" In this talk Fr. Bouchard reflects upon the ministry of preaching as it relates to the story of the Samaritan woman at the well from John's Gospel.

Fr. Bouchard joined Ascension Health in July of 2008 as Vice President for Theological Education. Prior to Ascension Health, he served as President and Associate Professor of Moral Theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis for 18 years.  He completed his graduate studies at Aquinas Institute of Theology and at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

I hope you'll indulge me if I fall back on my Dominican background and use preaching as a metaphor for ministry, since it is one of the primary ways in which this [sacramental] encounter can take place. Preaching is always a dialogue, yet it is a complex, multifaceted activity.   

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