Friday, 28 November 2008

Response to these signs

Every year, young and not so young men approach the Dominicans considering the possibility that they might be called to join in our work and mission.

If anybody feels to call to serve the Lord, possibly by the way of Dominic or any other way, it is strongly encouraged to come and see us in action in our daily lives.

This is organised generally by the director of vocations. It is through the experience of living our life of prayer and community that you will begin to understand our way of life. We warmly welcome those who are genuinely interested to share our life.

Each and every Dominican is called to invite people to come and join our way of life. With this in mind, you are encouraged to talk to any of the friars about the possibility of becoming a Dominican. They will in turn put you in contact with the director of vocations. He will be very happy to meet with you and help you with the discernment of your call or vocation.

Ultimately, the responsibility for your response to God’s call depends on you! In return, the Order, through the Vocations Director, will help in whatever way it can.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Signs of a Vocaton

Many people during their lives consider the possibility of priesthood or religious life and fail to do anything about it. Sometimes people feel inadequate or ill-equipped to take on the task of following God in this special way. This is quite normal!

Indeed, one does not have to be a theologian or philosopher or indeed to have reached the great spiritual heights. What is very important, though, is to be open to the call of God in your life. This means that, to be truly open to God’s call, those considering the Dominican way of life should be people of prayer and faith.

It is only when we are receptive of God’s word and action in our lives that we can begin to be open to His call to us. It is said of Saint Dominic that he always spoke to or about God during his life. This remarkable aspect of our founder’s life could be the springboard to understand God’s call in your life.

It is very important that we make an attempt at answering this call – and not just leave it to others, because you are called by God personally. Remember, you will have many reasons for join the Order, but it is vital to ensure that your reasons are grounded in prayer and faith

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

How do I know that I am called?

This is a difficult question to answer!
We are all familiar with the story of Saint Paul on the road to Damascus (Acts of the Apostles, chapter 9) where he encountered God and was called.

It is the story of a truly inspiring and dramatic calling, one that is out of the ordinary. And perhaps it is that word ‘ordinary’ that we should focus on here. Remember, when Jesus called the first disciples, they were ordinary men going about their ordinary business. But called by the Lord, they certainly were.

If you ask any Dominican, or indeed religious, how we were called you will find many different answers. But there is one common thread that links us together – the desire to preach the Word of God!

All through history, God has been calling ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
If you feel that you have a strong desire to share your faith with others, to open up the mystery of God for people, a willingness to be on the side of those who are oppressed and a passion for justice through preaching the Gospel, then perhaps God is inviting you to follow in the footsteps of Saint Dominic.

All of us are called to proclaim the Gospel by the nature of our baptism, but living it in faith and trust and mutual support of others who share that same ideal could prompt you to understand that God is calling you in a unique way – the Dominican way.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

The Dominican Vocation

The call to become a Dominican friar comes from God. People seek to serve the Lord in varied ways, but when a person is really passionate about the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and bringing people closer to God by spreading that same Gospel, then the question of serving as a Dominican becomes a real one.

When the Order was founded by Saint Dominic in the early thirteenth century, the Church gave a mandate to the newly established Order to preach and to save souls, and ths has been the concern of the generations of Dominicans since that time.

The Dominican vocation to preach leads members of the Order into many varied ministries. Around the world, the friars are preaching through the pulpit, through the mission and retreat apostolate, through the mass media and the printed word, through the arts, in solidarity with the poor, in parishes, chaplaincies to universities, hospitals and armies.

The Dominicans have been faithful to this call to preaching as well.
The Dominican vocation to save souls leads members of the Order to engage with people beyond formal preaching, at a ministerial level, through the sacraments of the Church. Dominican friars, ordained and non-ordained, are involved in preparing the people of God for the sacraments and are indeed ministers of God, bring His people close to him. The Irish Dominicans fulfil this obligation in diverse ways.

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The Irish Dominicans have a website called Dominicans Interactive with online resources. We also have an iPhone/iPad App, which can be found in the iTunes App Store.


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