During this initial stage of inquiry and exploration, you are encouraged to attend retreats (such as our Come and See retreats and Mission Immersion experience), prayer services, and community meals. Our congregation also provides various opportunities to participate in celebrations, lectures, community life, and in promoting justice. This discernment period is a good time to think about what you are looking for in a congregation and to pray for guidance in this process.
We invite you to come for a visit during this pre-candidacy period so that you and the sisters in the congregation can get to know one another. Just contact one of our Vocation Ministers, who can offer you one-on-one help in your discernment and can journey with you as you seek God’s will. She will also prayerfully discern with you about whether you are called to become a religious sister.
“When you make a vocation visit, you might see things you might have never seen before. You witness the lives of religious sisters. You can experience their way of life and see your life from a new perspective. Be attentive to what’s going on inside as you encounter Jesus. (…) As for ministry, you can actually practice this even before entering a congregation. You can learn from others wherever you are, or you can become more active at your parish, or volunteer at learning centers, soup kitchens, or at homeless shelters, etc. These are the people you might meet in your future ministry, and the people you are called to serve.” (excerpt from Hearing God’s Call by Ben Campbell Johnson, pp. 54-55)
Note: The symbol of the door shown on this page, represents the step you will take to open a door during your welcoming ritual when you ask to become a Candidate with the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
Here are some other links to click on to help you as you journey through this pre-candidacy stage:
|Questions to Consider||Discern with a Vocation Minister||How Do I Know God Is Calling Me?|
|How Do I Start Discerning||Ways to Discern||Preparing for Next Stage|
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” (John 15:10)