The intent of these guidelines is to provide a general framework for formation programs
by identifying the essential elements for instruction. These guidelines are not intended to
impose burdensome requirements, but rather to aid chapters in forming members to the
Dominican way of life.
It is crucial to acknowledge that the call to the Dominican Order is a call to a vocation for
the purpose of sanctification of its members. Union with God and personal holiness are
the goals for every Dominican.
As followers of St. Dominic, it is important to instruct our newest members in the twofold
aspect of the Order’s charism; the contemplative life and the active life. To bear
good fruit in the active life, we must first begin with the contemplative life. Accordingly,
the greatest emphasis must be placed on developing a deep and rich contemplative life, so
we may thereby attain our goal in the active life, which consists in the salvation of souls.
A good Dominican formation program provides detailed instruction (which can be
tailored to the needs of each chapter), that helps us integrate The Rule, The Particular
Directory and the promises we make, into our daily lives. The guidelines presented here
list the standard aspects for proper formation. Also provided is a list of basic and
recommended materials for each year.
The year of Inquiry (Postulancy), is the year in which new members seek to discern
whether they are, in fact, called to Dominican life. During this year, the study is
centered on what it means to be a Dominican, familiarity with Dominican history and
saints, as well as the role of the Laity in the Church today.2.
Please note that Inquirers into the Dominican Laity must:
1. be at least 18 years of age and fully initiated in the Catholic Church for at least two years,
2. have a strong commitment to live the Catholic faith,
3. have a desire for a deeper relationship with God nurtured through liturgical and private prayer,
4. have a stable and moral character capable of persevering in following the Rule and Statutes
of the Dominican Laity,
5. have a desire to search for truth through prayer and study,
6. be active in spreading the Good News through apostolic work, the example of their lives, and formal or informal preaching when the opportunity presents itself,
7. be willing to join other lay men and women in prayer, study, and works as a member of a community.
During this year of Candidacy (Novitiate), the new members continue to discern their
vocations and begin to practice the daily obligations. They also become more involved in
chapter life and continue to commit to the Dominican life of study. The focus of study
for year Two is on the Beatitudes.
– Installation of Officers
– Contents for forms of OPL
– Application for Admission (Basic – 1 page)
– Pre-Reception Application
– Pre-Temporary Life Application
– Request to Transfer
– Application for Admission (Full – 4 pages)
– Notice of Approval to Transfer
– Pre-Life Profession
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