A GROWING COMMUNITY
The Dominican Sisters of Peace have been blessed to welcome and encourage a number of Catholic women who feel called by God to explore religious life, and seek further education on the way to becoming religious Sisters. In the ten years since our founding, we have welcomed seven new Sisters into the congregation, and five women are in active formation.
The Dominican Sisters of Peace Vocations team assists women who feel called to religious life. You might find one of these Sisters at a high school, running an online discernment group, or at a Conference, all with the same goal:
To help women hear and respond to the call of God.
As a woman begins to think about her vocation, she meets with a Sister who will walk with her through her discernment. This Sister acts as a mentor helping her to hear the voice of God and realize her vocation, whether that is to be a religious sister, a married person or living a single life.
As this woman determines her calling from God, she will meet with other discerners in group prayer and discussion guided by a Vocation minister, attend Mass and other functions with the Sisters and may try living in community with the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
When a woman is accepted into the Congregation, she enters as a Candidate. Candidacy, the first step in formation, is a period of prayer, study, education and mission coordinated by our Director of Formation. Another important first step is the Candidate’s move into one of our communities to live with other Sisters.
The second step in formation is the Novitiate, a two-year, two-part program that allows a woman time to focus on Dominican spirituality, the vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience, and the mission of the congregation. For the first year, the Novice Sister lives at the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate (CDN), where Novices from other US Dominican communities study and live together.
For the second year of the Novitiate, the Novice Sister lives in one of the Congregation’s communities and offers her talents in service to God’s people as she continues her formation.
At the end of the Novitiate, the Sister in formation may be called to make her temporary profession of vows. A temporarily-professed Sister will continue to deepen her understanding of the Dominican charism, and integrate into her life the prayer, study, and mission work that she has experienced.
Taking Perpetual Vows is the final, important step in the formation of a Sister. Perpetual profession is a very solemn promise to commit
the rest of her life and her gifts to the Mission of the Church. A Sister who makes her Perpetual Vows is deeply committed to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ, to preach the Word of God, and to teach God’s saving truth.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Pray for new vocations to religious life and for those giving their lives to God.
Give a gift to support short retreats that allow small groups of women to live, study and pray with Dominican Sisters, and experience life in mission by serving those in need.
Support our Sisters in formation with a donation using our secure online link at oppeace.org.