This article is the Keynote Address given by Sr. Barbara E. Reid, 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 her talk, Barbara Reid reflects upon the call to prophetic leadership in response to the needs of the church and the world today. Using the scriptural passage from John's Gospel of the woman of Samaria (John 4:4-42) she identifies six movements in this gospel story that relate to the convocation themes of prophetic witness, evangelization, covenant, conversion journey and reconciliation.
Sr. Babara E. Reid, O.P., is a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and is Vice President and Academic Dean of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She is the author of numerous books and many journal articles.