The Community in Venice
The Dominican Community in Venice, living in Saints John and Paul convent, next to the basilica with the same name, perpetuates the preacher friars’ centuries-old presence in the lagoon city. It carries out Saint Dominic’s project: common life, obedience, preaching, mission. Through the service to the Patriarchate, taking care of the souls in the parish, administering the function of the reconciliation, announcing the Good News through the various fields of the sacramental, wandering and cultural preaching, the friars give their contribute to the mission of the Dominican Order, which consists in serving men and women of our times.
In 2008, on the initiative of the religious community, the experience of the “Saint Thomas Aquinas cultural centre” was started, facing different themes in order to support an appropriate understanding of the Christian perspective concerning “sensitive” subjects in ethics, politics and society discussed also by the mass media.
The care Saint Dominic and Saint Thomas took of “man as a whole”, makes our ministry reach, besides the parish believers, also the patients in the contiguous Civil Hospital and the young students of Padua university.
The community friars also engage to the preaching in retreats and spiritual exercises for religious and lay people.
We trust that, practicing hospitality, as told by the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews: “some people welcomed the angels without being aware”, our community is willing to cordially welcome people, in order to share our own common life, especially addressed to presbyters, religious people, the youth, and also to pilgrims passing through Venice.