Become A Dominican
Become A Dominican Application and Formation
Application and Formation

Initial Formation

Both clerical and cooperator brother candidates learn the Dominican way of life through the first six years of initial formation, including a Novitiate of one year. After five years of simple vows, brothers are eligible to make solemn profession.

Clerical Brothers

The initial formation of clerical brothers extends another two years, during which the brother is ordained as a transitional deacon, and then as a priest. In addition to the Novitiate and a pastoral year, Dominican priests receive at least six years of graduate education: two years of philosophical studies and four years of theological studies.

Cooperator Brothers

The formation of the cooperator brother may vary, depending on his level of education and individual talents. While everyone takes classes in philosophy and theology, he may also choose to pursue an additional subject of study that befits his future ministry.