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Eight hundred years after the foundation of the Order, the Dominican way of life still offers the individual, and the world, a unique path to holiness. The Order can be characterized as contemplative, rooted in a strong prayer life; apostolic, determined in its work for the salvation of souls; liturgical in its life centered in the celebration of the Eucharist and choral recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours; sacrificial, consecrated to God through the vows and always mindful of the life of penance; doctrinal, dedicated to study, teaching, and the defense the Faith; and fraternal, lived in community and bound together with one heart and one soul in God. St. Dominic’s genius was a way of life that blended the contemplative and active, a life that remained faithful to the monastic practices of contemplative orders, but not limited by them.

Several mottos of the Order speak of its unchanging values and characteristic features. History has shown us that this way of life provides a path to holiness, as many men and women of the Order, including lay Dominicans, have been raised to the rank of saint or blessed.

St. Dominic was a spirit-filled man raised up by God to answer the pressing need of the Church for a continuous body of trained preachers. Guided by the Holy Spirit, he founded the first apostolic Order, combining the contemplative consecration and apostolic ministry of the twelve apostles and the primitive Church. …Dominic took traditional elements in the Church—the apostolic life, community life, regular discipline of the monastic Orders, liturgical prayer sung in community, preaching pursued in poverty—and fused them into a balanced unity that enabled his Order to meet the needs of his age and of many centuries to come.

Rev. William Hinnebusch, O.P.

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The first step is to get in touch with the chapter’s vocations director. You can reach him by using the form at the bottom of this page. He will help you schedule an informational meeting to explore if a third order Dominican vocation is right for you. He might also invite you to one of the monthly meetings, or other regular chapter activity, so you can get more familiar with the order. The vocations director will help you discern whether you have been made for Dominican life. If there is a positive response at the end of this step, you will be invited to start the formal “inquiry” formation period.

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You must be Catholic for at least two years before beginning the inquiry period. Through a series of twelve modules over the course of one year, you will get an overview of what it means to be a Dominican.

The program will review the history of the Dominican order, and in particular the history of the Lay Dominicans, originally known as the Penitents of St. Dominic dating back to the mid-thirteenth century. It will highlight the importance of the four pillars (prayer, study, community, and apostolate) in the life of all Dominicans, and discuss ways to help you make them an integral part of your life. There will be a thorough analysis of both prayer and study as the ways to properly discern Truth. Various modes of prayer will be discussed, with special attention to both liturgical prayer (the Mass & the Liturgy of the Hours), and meditative and contemplative prayer with scripture. We will discuss the importance of a communal life, loyalty to the Church, and the special charisms of the Dominican order to bring Truth to a fallen world mired in dualistic heresies. These charisms are as needed today as they were 800 years ago. Finally, we will review the importance for all Dominicans to have a strong devotion to Mary and a unique devotion to the Rosary, a gift of Mary to St. Dominic and then a gift of the Dominicans to the world.

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If, after the Inquiry period, you decide to continue your Lay Dominican formation, you will be admitted into the Order as a Candidate. You will receive a copy of the Lay Dominican Rule and Directory as a sign of your willingness to live the life of a Lay Dominican. You will also receive a Dominican cross or pin to wear as the external manifestation of your commitment to this community and to the Dominican Family. The duration of the candidacy is twelve months. This is a more formal formation period in the life of a fraternity member. This period includes diverse activities: the study of the life of St. Dominic and other great Dominican figures; the study of the Constitutions, the history of the Order, and the Rule of the Fraternities of St. Dominic; and the general practice of the commitments of a lay Dominican (e.g., daily Mass, Morning and Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours, daily Rosary).

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As the candidacy ends, the candidate and the Order decide whether the candidate should make a commitment as a lay Dominican. The temporary promise, or temporary profession, is a commitment to live according to the Rule of the Fraternities of St. Dominic for a period of three years. At the end of this period, the candidate and the Order decide if the candidate is prepared to make a final or permanent profession.

During these three years of temporary profession, you are considered a full member of the order, and you are expected to maintain the disciplines of daily prayer, to continue your formation with a self-directed regular study program, to fully participate in the life of your lay Dominican chapter, and to develop an apostolate driven by your individual charisms and the charisms of the Dominican order.


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After three years of temporary promise, if the decision is reached to move ahead and make the final promise, the individual makes a commitment to live according to the Rule of the Fraternities of St. Dominic for the rest of his or her life.

Dominicans are particularly committed to ongoing formation both in the chapter and individually. Even though one has made a permanent commitment to be a Dominican, ongoing study continues in the areas of Dominican spirituality, the Scriptures, the teachings of the Church, etc. Dominicans are always concerned about growing in understanding of both their faith and their Dominican vocation.