Being called to Dominican life
Conditions for admission to the Novitiate
Still today young people are choosing the Dominican vocation, in order to join the some 6500 brothers and 40 000 sisters and nuns of the Dominican Family who are present in over 83 countries. The various stages which lead the Brothers to a final commitment in the Dominican Order (or the Order of Preachers) are quite simple and are centered on a fundamental objective: to allow coherent and progressive integration of the principal components of Dominican life. Here is what is required from an applicant who wishes to join our Order :
1. To have the experience of being a disciple of Jesus Christ, and to be committed to His Gospel. In the case of candidates who are recent converts, who have been recently baptised, or who have recently returned to the Faith, they must wait three years before being admitted to the Order (novitiate).
2. To be significantly involved in the Church.
3. To be capable of obedience and solidarity when a mission in the service of the Order requires it.
4. To manifest the aptitudes needed to live in community.
5. To be between the ages of 22 and 40 years old. Candidates above 40 years old must show an exceptional faith journey and faith involvement.
6. To have completed studies at the high school level.
7. Not to have any significant debts, nor to be in the process of paying off debts before entering the novitiate.
8. To have lived independently and responsibly before entering the Order.
9. To show evidence of affective maturity to live a life of chastity in consecrated celibacy.
10. To be in good physical and psychological health.
11. To have practical knowledge of French and English.
12. To be a Canadian citizen, or already admitted in Canada as a Permanent Resident