For Dominic's early friars, itinerancy meant the willingness and physical ability to go wherever they were needed. They were literally itinerant preachers who walked from town to town, engaging people in dialog about the Gospel and preaching from whatever pulpits they encountered.
As mendicants who begged for all they needed in imitation of the early disciples, the friars also saw itinerancy as a form of an abandonment of worldly belongings that might literally or figuratively prevent freedom to be truly itinerant. Today, itinerancy remains a hallmark of Dominican life. Vowed members of the Order limit their worldly commitments and belongings to allow freedom of movement for the sake of the Mission.
They and lay persons affiliated with the Order alike also see itinerancy as a state of mind: a conscious openness to others, to new information, and to new challenges they may be called to address in their daily lives. All strive to maintain a purposeful focus on the Gospel, which goes hand-in-hand with itinerancy; that is, the ability to "move" physically or mentally in order to meet the changing needs of the day. Over the past 800 years, St. Dominic and his followers have appreciated the importance of itinerancy in enabling the Dominican Mission.
Itinerancy is one of many values Dominicans hold dear: