Come & See Vocation Weekends

September 27, 2013

NEXT VOCATION WEEKENDS at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.

(all weekends begin 5PM on Friday and end 1:30PM on Sunday; schedule is HERE)

The last vocation weekend for the 2016-17 academic yearMarch 31-April 2, 2017 (past: Sept. 16-18, Nov. 11-13, Feb. 10-12)

Contact Fr. Benedict Croell OP to reserve your space 

A man wishing to visit the Province of St. Joseph, could also plan visits to other houses nearby, either before or after the vocation weekend or separately.  For answers to quick questions, text Fr. Benedict OP: 202-642-3597. If you prefer to talk by phone, text him anytime first to see if he is available. Usually he will get right back to you.

Did you know that for the past 7 years all of our vocation weekends have been full?  You really should plan ahead if you would like to come.  There are opportunities to visit us in the summer as well: past 2016 Summer Regional Vocation Events (HERE)

No matter where you ultimately go to serve the Lord, a vocation weekend with the Dominicans is an excellent opportunity to learn more about religious life in general. These weekends are the fastest way to learn about the Order of Preachers (and our province) in a very short period of time, no strings attached.

(all our vocation weekends follow generally THIS timetable, this is important to know when making travel plans)

*plan for at least 45 minutes of travel time from Reagan National (DCA) to the Dominican House of Studies via the Metro  (Map/Directions)

…or at least 1 1/2 – 2 hours of travel time from Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) to the Dominican House of Studies (Map/Directions)

…or at least 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours of travel time from Dulles International (IAD) to the Dominican House of Studies (Map/Directions)

Reagan National is the most convenient & sometimes less expensive.  Since the D.C., Baltimore and N. Virginia areas have inexpensive and efficient public transport systems, it is especially convenient to arrive using these means. Due to the number of men coming on our vocation weekends, generally we do not pick candidates up from the airports unless their arrival time is late at night.

(arrive Brookland/Catholic University Metro stop on the Red Line, exit left up the escalator, directly behind you, go under the bridge and then immediately to the right, go straight and follow Michigan Avenue; you will see the bell tower of the National Shrine and Catholic University of America across the street off to your right, keep going straight on Michigan Ave., until you come to the Dominican House of Studies on the left; it is a five minute walk).   VIDEO WALKING FROM METRO TO DHS

In finding the least expensive flight, many have found THIS site very helpful.

official studentate photo 2016-17
2016-17 friars in formation in our two studentates in Washington, DC

Over 100 men pass through on our vocation weekends annually, not to mention many others who visit informally or other times during the year. If one of the four vocation weekends this academic year will not work for your schedule, it is still possible to visit us another time (preferably during the week and during the academic year) either here in DC or at another house or priory of our province.  Men who are thinking seriously of applying should prioritize making an actual vocation weekend.

Trying to figure out what you can concretely do now to get started in your consideration of a vocation to the Dominicans?  CLICK HERE

Check out our popular vocation videos: “Leaving All Things Behind” and “Five Paths to the Priesthood”

2016-17 Friars in Formation
2016-17 friars in formation for the Eastern Province Dominicans

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