Admission to the Order
Held in Memphis, Tennessee, this is the time prior to arriving in Denver where the candidates receive the habit of St. Dominic and during which the men get a first-hand experience of life in the Order of Preachers. The men are introduced to the daily prayer routine of the Province and the way in which we sing. Several classes are held on many subjects and saints of the Order. This time is designed to give the candidates a running start as the novitiate approaches.
The candidates arrive in Denver and immediately occupy their rooms in the novitiate. They witness the first vows of the previous novice class and then go on retreat before being vested in the habit. Then they spend the year living the life of a brother and discern God’s call through many activities such as lectures, meetings, meals, social events and outreach opportunities.
The Dominican novitiate is the house of religious formation for the novices (first year in formation to be a Dominican Friar) under the direction of the novice master. The novitiate for the Province of St. Albert the Great is located at St. Dominic Parish in Denver, Colorado, click here to take a tour.
After a man discerns his vocation to the Dominicans, the Order of Preachers, with the Promoter of Vocations, he completes the application process.After he is accepted to enter the Order, he enters a one-year period of initial formation as a novice. At the end of the novitiate year and after much discernment and approval by the local Dominican community and the prior provincial, the novices profess simple vows and move to the next phase of their initial formation and begin their formal graduate studies at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. The professed brothers live at the studentate there and continue their formation for the next five to seven years.
Our mission statement states that “We, the friars of St. Dominic Priory, St. Louis, Missouri, constitute a diverse interprovincial community committed to the initial formation of preachers in a spirit consistent with the mission statements of the Provinces of St. Albert the Great & St. Martin de Porres, focusing upon theological and ministerial education, vigorous liturgical life, discernment of Dominican vocation, mentoring preachers, service to the local Church, and exposure to issues of social justice.” All of the students are being educated at Aquinas Institute of Theology. Of the senior community, two of our friars work as itinerant preachers, two are professors and administrators at Aquinas Institute, and two are professors and formation directors at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. One of our brothers is engaged full time in the direction and formation of our Dominican students, and one is the Promoter of the Dominican Laity of our province. All also work and minister in various apostolates and parishes of the Archdiocese.