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.
(usually be within the age bracket of 18 - 30yrs of age).

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. Please introduce yourself to the Prioress, explain a little of your background and vocational plans, and request more information about our life, if you wish. ADDRESS: The Prioress, Convent of Our Lady of the Rosary, 47 Langham St., Ganmain, N.S.W. 2702. 

Study Weekends
We are also able to 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. During a week with us they can pray, discern and make inquiry about our Dominican way of life. 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 a 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 is sometimes given 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.