Come & See

Young women seeking to discern their vocation with us should show an interest in the essential features of Dominican life: 
* Contemplative prayer
* Study and the defence of Divine Truth
* The Sacred Liturgy of the Church
* Communal life within a monastic framework
* Asceticism and personal spiritual discipline
* A life of material simplicity.

How do I find out more about this religious community?

Contact by Letter
Young women interested in Dominican religious life are welcome to contact us in order to learn more about religious life and this community. (See Contact Us).

Study Weekends
We are also able arrange occasional "Study Weekends" on the Consecrated Life, or small-group Retreats for young women seeking time for prayer and more general spiritual discernment. These follow a programme devised by the community according to the number and needs of participants. 

Come-and-See Visit
Invitations to observe and experience our life are usually offered to those whom we have come to know over a period time, through visits or letters. We also require a reference either oral or written from a priest whose judgement we trust.

We have one guest-room, outside the cloister, available for young women between the ages of 17 and 30 who may wish to make a stay of up to a week in order to pray, discern and make inquiry about our Dominican way of life. At this point we ask them to attend Mass, prayer, meals and some recreation with the community. Time is set aside, if desired, for discussion with the Prioress and/or with a priest appointed by the community. There is no commitment to the community. It is purely a time for information-seeking and prayerful discernment.

'Live In' Experience
If the candidate is interested in further experience, and we, as community, are satisfied as to the sincerity of her motives and her apparent suitability for our life, we may admit her to a longer "live-in" experience of up to six weeks. This period is known as "Aspirancy" and involves living in the cloister and participating in the life of the Convent, as well as attending tutorials and discussions on basic themes related to spirituality, religious life and the Dominican charism (See Formation). There is still no commitment to the community, but the aspirant is asked to follow, for the duration of her stay, the schedule and provisions mapped out for her by the community.

The community requires that anyone seeking for a discernment opportunity should:

* Be under the age of thirty (although consideration will be given, in some circumstances, to applicants over thirty).
* Have normal physical and emotional health.
* Possess a strong and rationally developed desire to give herself totally to God.
* Possess normal intelligence, facility in the English language and the capacity at least  for tertiary education. She should have a desire to use this in the service of God and the Church.
* Desire to make continual progress in the spiritual life, and to do so within a specifically Dominican form of spirituality.
* Be docile to the Magisterium of the Church.
* Understand something of the true theological meaning and practical implications of the three vows of the Consecrated Religious Life - Poverty, Chastity and Obedience.
* Be engaged in a cultivation of her spiritual life through regular reception of the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist, and through prayer, asceticism and the practice of the virtues - especially of charity.