STAGES OF LAY DOMINICAN FORMATION

Getting to know one another: Above all else, this first step allows the candidate to get to know the Order better. This step is normally conducted through our regular meetings. We will help the candidate discern whether or not he or she is made for Dominican life. If there is a positive response at the end of this step, the candidate will be invited to proceed to the next step.

Inquiry Period: One must be Catholic for at least two years before beginning the inquiry period. Through a series of classes over the course of one year, our group presents an overview of what it means to be a Dominican. As this period of formation ends, the candidate may decide to request admission to the Order.

Novitiate: The duration of the novitiate is twelve months. The novitiate begins with the Dominican Order recognizing the candidate as a member of the Order. 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).

Simple Profession: As the novitiate ends, candidates and the Order make a decision as to whether the candidate should make a commitment as a lay Dominican. Temporary profession is a commitment to live according to the Rule of the Fraternities of St. Dominic for a period of three years. Formation in Dominican life and spirituality continues during this time. At the end of this period, the candidate and the Order decide if the candidate is prepared to make final or permanent profession.

Final Profession: When the decision is reached to move ahead and make final profession, 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.

On-going Formation: Dominicans are particularly committed to on-going formation both in the chapter and individually. Even though one has made a permanent commitment to be a Dominican, on-going study continues in the area 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.

OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP CHAPTER

INQUIRY FORMATION (Year 1)

Class 1: Introduction to the Dominican Order

Class 2: The Life of St. Dominic de Guzman

Class 3: The History & Purpose of the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours)

Class 4: Introduction to The Four Dominican Pillars: Prayer & Study

Class 5: Introduction to The Four Dominican Pillars: Community & Apostolate

Class 6: The Vocation & Role of the Dominican Laity

Class 7: The Charisms of the Dominican Order

Class 8: The Dominican Way of Life

Class 9: Traditions & Symbols of the Dominican Order

CANDIDACY FORMATION (Year 2)

Class 1: History of the Dominican Order

Class 2: The Dominican Approach to Prayer

Class 3: The Dominican Approach to Sacred Scripture & Sacred Tradition

Class 4: The Dominican Approach to Study & Preaching

Class 5: The Dominican Approach to Community & Apostolate

Class 6: Vocation & Role of the Dominican Laity

Class 7: The Means of Growth in the Spiritual Life

Class 8: The Three Stages of the Spiritual Life

Class 9: The Spirituality of St. Catherine of Siena

ONGOING FORMATION (Begins Year 3)

We are currently studying the Letters of St. Catherine of Siena with Fr. Kauth