The Novitiate stage, which is usually two years, gives you time to focus on your spirituality, the vows, and the mission of the congregation. Generally, the first year is spent at the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in St. Louis, where you will have the opportunity to live and study with novices from other Dominican communities.

To learn more about being a novice, click here.

Here are videos of candidates being received as novices:

Reception into the Novitiate of Ellen Coates

Reception into the Novitate of Phuong Vu


“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119: 105)