Information is always helpful, digitally, in print, or otherwise, but there is no substitute for a real human encounter. That’s why a Come and See Weekend is a must for anyone seriously discerning their vocation. Dominican Come and Sees are a sixty-four hour immersion experience into the very rhythm of religious life. It’s that “gut” experience which offers the visceral clarity that is the goal of discernment and the only true test of whether or not your home is here.
You will meet friars from twenty-three to well into their nineties, as well as a range of participants who like you ask the same questions. Between the shared experiences of the religious and those at your place in discernment, you cannot put a price on what you gain—a wealth of insight. Be one of the forty to fifty men who will take advantage of the opportunity this year. For our nine new novices, this weekend made the difference. You have a choice: you can either spend time in your head wondering what religious life is all about, or you can come and find out. Don’t miss out—it’s only the rest of your life we’re talking about.
“I was struck by the fact that the brothers were not only singing the psalms together but praying the psalms together.”
–Jeremy Burke, Novice – 2010
“Dominican prayer uses all of the senses, involving the whole person and connects you to your ultimate end in God. At the same time, it draws you into communion with your brothers.”
-Wesley Dessonville, Novice – 2010
“Certainly the mutual respect among the brothers in the midst of such great diversity of lifestyle, background, and education, was a major draw; the fraternal love was palpable. I don’t imagine that it’s very easy to live with people whom you haven’t chosen, but these men practiced Christian charity in a way that I’d never seen. It simply made me want to be a part of it.”
–Adam Deline, Novice Class – 2010
“I noticed the fruit of the brothers’ study in the well organized and well spoken presentations. They took issues both that I knew about and those that I didn’t and made them accessible in an enjoyable way.”
-Patrick Hyde, Novice Class – 2010
“I was very much impressed by the Dominican desire for the salvation of souls. The Come and See opened my eyes to the depth and the breadth of the Order’s mission to preach the gospel to all people. I would encourage anyone discerning religious life to explore their call at a Come and See weekend, which surely helped me to discern my own.”
-Alan Rooney, Novice Class – 2010