“‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see'” (Jn 1:46). “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me” (Mt 19:21).
A vocation is a call, an invitation from Christ to follow him in a particular way. Each Christian has a vocation or calling to holiness, but the Lord invites some to follow him by the path of the consecrated life, conforming their lives to the poverty, chastity, and obedience embodied by Jesus Christ. Vocations arise from God’s totally gratuitous love for each individual human person.
The information on this page pertains especially to one form of the religious vocation, the Dominican Order, with two modes of living out the vocation: clerical brothers and cooperator brothers. These brief essays and FAQs are not complete expositions of the meaning of the Dominican vocation, of course, but are signposts indicating the way Dominicans travel. Elsewhere on this website, you can learn more about our way of life, including our religious consecration, liturgy and prayer, study, and the ministry of the Word.
For those interested in learning more, the best way to figure out what it means to be a Dominican is to observe Dominicans in action; in addition to meeting Dominicans in your area, where that is possible, news about and original preaching by the Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph can be found on this website, and the blog run by the student brothers at the Dominican House of Studies, Dominicana. Those interested in learning more are welcome to contact the vocations director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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