Identity: Situated in the heart of one of the world’s most diverse cities, we are a Roman Catholic organization rooted in the Dominican tradition and the spirit of Vatican II. We are a collaborative community committed to the exploration and proclamation of the mystery of God’s Word in history in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious context. In keeping with the vision of St. Dominic we engage the Other in constructive and critical dialogue for the benefit of the church and society.
Mission: Our mission is one of conformity to and reflection on the Word of God expressed through three commitments. First, we are committed to promoting quality liturgical preaching and literacy within the Roman Catholic ecclesial context and in the wider ecumenical community. Second, we are committed to fostering spaces for encountering the Word through dialogue with the academy, other religions and those who seek meaning in contemporary culture. Third, we are committed to sharing with others the fruits of the Dominican Order’s eight-hundred year old tradition of engagement with the Word.
Values: We highly value and appreciate collaborative ministry in the church today. Our theological analysis of contemporary culture includes the integration of liberation, feminist, and ecological perspectives and the insights of postcolonial and diversity studies. We value the diversity reflected in the constitution of our Institute, in terms of language, culture, and gender as well as in our programs. In our theological analysis of culture we endeavour to read the ‘signs of the times’ for the benefit of the mission of the Church.