St. Dominic founded the Order of Friars Preachers for preaching and the salvation of souls.
How do we understand preaching? For the Dominican, the end of preaching is to move men and women closer to Christ. Accordingly, preaching is not just about helping others to understand the faith. Still less is it just about pleasing one’s hearers. Instead, the goal of preaching is to have one’s listeners catch fire with sacred knowledge and divine love. Preaching ought to effect in the faithful a noticeable movement to Christ in truth and by grace. In this way, preaching for the Dominican is quasi-sacramental.
The friars of the Priory of the Immaculate Conception preach in a variety of ways. Priests from the House of Studies celebrate Mass on Sundays and weekdays at parishes, convents, schools, and military chaplaincies throughout the Washington, D.C., area. They also preach parish and seminary retreats around the country, and they give conferences to priests and religious around the world. Most priests of the House teach on the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception. Brother deacons serve at parishes in the Washington and Arlington dioceses. Student brothers engage in a variety of apostolates, including hospital ministry, teaching catechism, and caring for the poor and homeless.