Resources for considering a Dominican Vocation


March 24, 2014

Most men who come to the Order of Preachers have done a significant amount of research. Here are some important documents if you want a closer look at what shapes the Order of Preachers. Start with our Aspirancy Guidelines (practical suggestions to get started) Fundamental Constitution Primitive Constitutions The Nine Ways of Prayer of Holy Father Dominic Rule of St. Augustine (basis of Dominican Constitutions) Book of Constitutions of the Order of Preachers (LCO) Treatise on the Formation of Preachers (Bl. Humbert of Romans OP) Lives of the Brethren of the Order of Preachers (1206-1259) A 13th Century Biography of St. Dominic    The Life of St. Dominic by Fr. Henri John Baptist Lacordaire OP A Quick Overview of the Life of St. Dominic Many of the Works of St. Thomas Aquinas (from our priory’s website) Sermons of St. Vincent Ferrer Dominican Soul Libellus of Blessed Jordan of Saxony (early history of the Order) Other Articles/Documents recommended: The Contemplative Dimension of Dominican Spirituality  (Fr. Jordan Auman OP) Of the Different Kinds of Religious Life (Summa II-IIae 188 by St. Thomas Aquinas, particularly Article 6)

Lectures in Dominican History (over 100 pages in PDF format from Fr. Fred Hinnebusch O.P.) The Dominicans: A Short History (Fr. William A. Hinnebusch, O.P.) Some good articles on Spiritual Direction & Discernment (various authors) Dominican Spirituality: Principles & Practice  (Fr. William A. Hinnebusch, O.P.)
Works of Henri Dominique Lacordaire OP (translations by Fr. George Christian O.P.)
Dominican Spirituality (Fr. Anselm Townsend, O.P.) This book is a tremendous overview of the Dominican charism and life (it is a series of essays written by various Dominicans on Saint Dominic, the history of Dominican spirituality, the theological principles of Dominican spirituality [this third chapter is written by Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange OP], the role of liturgy in Dominican life, and Dominican prayer).
-more good advice and great resources from the Western Dominican Province
Here are a few photos from the refectory (dining room) in the novitiate (Cincinnati) from a few years ago.
De Profundis (prayer for the deceased friars before meals)
Yes, Dominicans wait tables on each other for our formal meals

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