"Go, sell what you have and give to the poor, then come and follow me!" Mt. 19:21

"Go, sell what you have and give to the poor, then come and follow me!" Mt. 19:21

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Resources for considering a Dominican Vocation

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 no matter where you ultimately will go)
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
Many of the Works of St. Thomas Aquinas 
Sermons of St. Vincent Ferrer
Libellus of Blessed Jordan of Saxony (early history of the Order)

Other Articles/Documents I would recommend:
The Contemplative Dimension of Dominican Spirituality (Aumann 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.)

Here are a few photos from the refectory (dining room) in the novitiate 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