Do you desire to deepen your relationship with God?
You may be called to become a member of the Worldwide Order of Preachers, The Dominicans.
Learn more about how you can become a Sister of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York.
Becoming a Dominican is a deepening of our discipleship in the Word of God. It is a response to a call to live interdependently in the context of the Dominican Family and the world. The Dominican way of being a disciple is to contemplate the Word of God in prayer, integrate it into every aspect of our life, and preach it to the world.
What is the Vocation Process?
The Pre-Candidacy Process provides you with an opportunity to explore your understanding of the call to Christian life and aids you in discerning your call to Dominican religious life. It will introduce you to the mission and charism of the Congregation, to Dominican spirituality, and to our process of becoming Dominican. During this period, you will determine your readiness to apply for membership in the Congregation.
After being accepted into the congregation, you will begin the Candidate Period. As a Candidate, you will live with our Sisters, engage in ministry, and share in our life of prayer, study, community, and preaching. This period usually lasts for one year. During this time, you will continue to discern whether or not you are called to live the Religious Life and whether or not you are called to become a Dominican. It is a year designed to deepen your spiritual life, to immerse you in the life of the congregation, and to allow you to experience living communally. You will also be able to study and reflect on the history, constitutions, beliefs, and core values of the congregation.
The Canonical Novitiate is the next step in the process of Becoming Dominican. Once accepted into the Novitiate, you will live with Novices from various congregations at our Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in St. Louis, Missouri. During your Novitiate year, you will further explore the four elements of Dominican Life as you continue to discern your call.
Apostolic Novitiate Year
Upon completion of the Canonical Novitiate, you will return to the congregation to live in community with our Sisters, to study, and to engage in ministry. The purpose of this year is to integrate the Dominican Collaborative Novitiate with the lived experience of the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt.
After completion of the Apostolic Novitiate Year and acceptance by the congregation, you will make public vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. The period of Temporary Profession lasts from three to six years.
At the completion of the period of Temporary Profession and acceptance by the congregation, you will make your Final Profession.