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Become A Dominican How to Discern One’s Vocation
How to Discern One’s Vocation

"The will of God cannot be fully known to us. Hence, neither can we fully conform our will to His. But we can conform it in proportion to the knowledge which we have…"

Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P.; DV 23.7

A Heart and Mind Open to Doing God's Will

God has given us some means to know His will, which is first and foremost for us to know and love Him. From there, we can embark on discerning our particular vocation with an honest self-examination. There is no need to wait for a mystical vision of Jesus or Mary in order to possess certainty about a religious vocation.

Have I Rightly Discerned?

If you find yourself thinking about religious life, rejoice! It is quite possible that the Lord desires you to follow in the footsteps of Saint Dominic and all the other canonized saints and blesseds of the Order of Preachers. The Dominican vocation bears great responsibility, for our religious life is ordered not only to our own personal salvation, but to preach the joy of the Gospel to all those in need of Christ. Our brothers have found that the process of discernment is especially fruitful after entering the Novitiate. The Lord will help you discover, even through the novice year, whether you have rightly discerned. God will generously respond to your faithful answer to His call.

Suggested Reading

  • Vita Consecrata by Saint Pope John Paul II
  • Religious Vocation: An Unnecessary Mystery by Fr. Richard Butler, O.P.
  • Religious Life by Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.
  • The Theology of Religious Vocation by Fr. Edward Farrell, O.P.
  • Thomas Aquinas and Vocational Discernment by Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P.

"Come and See" Discernment Weekend

November 5-7, 2021 and March 4-6, 2022 at the Priory of St. Albert the Great in Oakland, California

A chance to see Dominican life first-hand

Often the best way to begin discerning whether you are called to our way of life is to attend a “Come and See” Discernment Weekend.

The weekend takes place in a “no-pressure” group setting with many other young men who are also considering the possibility of a Dominican vocation, perhaps for the first time. You will have a chance to see Dominican life first-hand, and to learn more about the Order through brief informational presentations by a number of priests and brothers.

Along with the opportunity to meet, socialize, and ask questions of the student and novice brothers in formation, guests also join the friars for the chanted Liturgy of the Hours, celebration of the Eucharist, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.