The Art of Preaching

crosslisted as DP9100C

To Be Advised
Not Offered in 2019

This unit is restricted to Ordination to the Priesthood and Permanent Diaconate candidates.

The unit treats the history, theology and hermeneutics of Christian preaching in order to introduce the student more thoroughly to its practice.




3 hours per week


one 4,000-word essay   60%
two 15-minute oral presentations (2,000 words)   2 x 20%


  • Anderson, C. Colt. Christian Eloquence: Contemporary Doctrinal Preaching. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2005.
  • Bishops’ Committee on Priestly Life and Ministry, National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Fulfilled in Your Hearing: The Homily in the Sunday Assembly. Washington: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1982.
  • Burghardt, Walter J. Preaching: The Art and the Craft. New York: Paulist Press, 1987.
  • DeBona, Guerric. Fulfilled in Our Hearing: History and Method of Christian Preaching. New York: Paulist Press, 2005. 
  • ———. Preaching Effectively, Revitalizing Your Church: The Seven-Step Ladder Toward Successful Homilies. New York: Paulist Press, 2009.
  • Foley, Edward, ed. A Handbook for Catholic Preaching. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2016.
  • Francis. The Joy of the Gospel. Apostolic Exhortation. 2013.
  • Hilkert, Mary C. Naming Grace: Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination. New York: Continuum, 1996.
  • Wallace, James A. Preaching to the Hungers of the Heart: The Homily on the Feasts and within the Rites. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2002.
  • ———, ed. Preaching in the Sunday Assembly: A Pastoral Commentary on ‘Fulfilled in Your Hearing’. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2010.