Upcoming Discernment Events

Whether you are looking for a quiet, contemplative introduction to religious life or you would like to experience the joy of ministry first-hand, the Vocation Team of the Dominican Sisters of Peace would like to welcome you to one of our programs. These events are free and are held at our Motherhouses, ministry sites, and convents around the country. Watch this page for more information about discernment events near you.

Come and See Discernment Retreat

Our “Come and See” retreats give you and other discerning women an opportunity to meet our sisters by joining us for prayer, meals, presentations, conversation, and fun. You will have the opportunity to spend time with one of the Dominican Sisters of Peace to talk about your own vocation or to ask questions about discernment and religious life. The retreat also includes time for quiet personal prayer, reflection, presentations on religious life, and time to enjoy community with our Sisters as you explore God’s call for your life. To learn more about what to expect at a Come and See retreat click here.

In 2024, we will be offering two Come and See Retreats, March 15-17, 2024 and September 13-15, 2024 at two different locations, yet-to-be determined. You can contact a Vocation Minister for more information.


We offer short retreats online several times a year, including during Lent and Advent, to give you more prayer and discernment opportunities. Join us for these two liturgical celebrations to reflect with other discerners and Sisters from 2- 5pm (EST):

December 3, 2023 — Advent Mini-Retreat: Following the Star

March 24, 2024 — Palm Sunday Mini-Retreat: Journeying with Jesus 

If you have any questions about these retreats, please contact us.

Discernment Prayer Group

Our monthly, online prayer group is another opportunity to join other discerning women and our Sisters for prayer. In this hour from 4-5pm (Eastern Time), you will be able to experience different prayer forms, such as Adoration, Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary, and Taize prayer.  Join us on these dates to learn about different ways to pray:

October 22, 2023 — Rosary for Peace
November 19, 2023 — Praying with the Communion of Saints and with Mystics
December 3, 2023 — Advent Mini-Retreat: Following the Star
January 28, 2024 — Nine Ways of Prayer of St. Dominic
February 25, 2024 — Contemplating Peace using Lectio Divina
March 24, 2024 — Palm Sunday Mini-Retreat: Journeying with Jesus
April 28, 2024 — Praying with God in Nature
May 19, 2024 — Guided Meditation for Discernment
For more information about this group, please contact Sr. Annette Lucero.

Emmaus Discernment Group

Join other discerning women on our monthly Zoom call on Fridays from 7:30–9:00 pm (Eastern Time). Our vocation ministers and other Dominican Sisters of Peace will be on each call to discuss vocation-related topics and to answer your questions. Join us for these informational and interactive gatherings:

October 13, 2023 — Theology of the Call to Religious Life
November 10, 2023 — Discernment and the Discernment Process
December 8, 2023 — Demystifying Religious Life
January 12, 2024 –The Dominican Sisters of Peace: Responding to the Signs of Our Times via our Motto: Be Peace, Build Peace, and Preach Peace
February 9, 2024 — Discernment Process: Goals, Application, and Formation Processes
March 8, 2024 — What Happens After Someone Enters a Congregation? Transition from Discerner to Candidate and the Formation Process
April 12, 2024 — Collaboration in Religious Life: Inter-Congregational Relationships and Collaboration with Other Religious Orders
May 10, 2024 — Balancing the Four Pillars of Dominican Life (Prayer, Study, Community, and Ministry) and Managing Friendships, Family, and Relationships
June 7, 2024 — Women in the Church and Discipleship Throughout the History of the Church

For more information about this group, please contact Sr. Mai-Dung Nguyen.

Mission for Peace

The Mission for Peace experience allows you to experience prayer, service, community, and fun over several days! It is open to single Catholic women between the ages of 18 to 45 who are discerning a possible call to religious life or lay ministry in the church.

Our next Mission for Peace program will be in Columbus, Ohio and is tentatively scheduled for May 31–June 4, 2024.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact us.

“I know the plans I have for you, plans for a future full of hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)