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?"
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.