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Dallas Lay Dominican Formation

This book outlines the Dallas Lay Dominican (DLD) Formation program. It is modeled after the outstanding formation program prepared by the St. Cecilia lay Dominicans, in Nashville, Tn. It is our hope, that providing an online study format for our DLD group, this can be shared with our sister chapter.  

Site: Dallas Lay Dominicans Study and Formation Learning Center
Course: Dallas Lay Dominicans Study and Formation Learning Center
Book: Dallas Lay Dominican Formation
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Date: Tuesday, 25 January 2022, 8:47 AM

1. About Dallas Lay Dominican Formation

The goal of Dominican formation is to continuously assist our Chapter members in Christian formation, to aide their growth in their response in faith, allowing them to receive, live and proclaim the Word of God more perfectly.

1.1. Getting to know each other

In the infamous musical, "The King and I", their is a delightful tune called "Getting to Know You". In any newfound relationship, the initial steps center around getting to know each other better, to see if you like each other. The same holds true for our Dominican Family. This initial year of formation allows the Inquirer to get to know the Order better, as well as the Chapter members. By attendance to the monthly Chapter meetings and formation meetings, the Inquirer will discern whether or not they are made for the Dominican life. At the end of this time of discernment and formation, if there is a positive response, the Inquirer will be invited to proceed to the next step, as a Candidate. 

1.2. Inquiry Period

People interested in the Order meet once a month to learn about the history of the Order, the four pillars – prayer, study, community, apostolic activity. They learn what is required for membership and what it means to discern. Coming to a successful completion of this first year, they are asked if they want to be received and, if so, are asked to complete official paperwork for reception. he reception celebration is explained to them. One must be Catholic for at least two years before beginning the inquiry period.

(Used with Permission- St. Cecilia Lay Dominican Chapter)

1.3. Candidate Formation

After the new candidate receives his Dominican pin, he is officially welcomed as a member of the Dominican Order and begins his one year formal formation period. This is a more formal formation period in the life of a fraternity member. This period includes diverse activities: the study of the life of St. Dominic and other great Dominican figures, such as St. Catherine of Siena; the study of the Constitutions, the history of the Order, and the Rule of the Fraternities of St. Dominic; and the general practice of the commitments of a lay Dominican (e.g., daily Mass, Morning and Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours, daily Rosary).

(Used with Permission- St. Cecilia Lay Dominican Chapter)

1.4. Temporary Profession

Temporary profession is made to the Rule of the Lay Chapter of Saint Dominic following the Candidacy Year. Professions are made for three years. Profession consists of promises to live according to the Rule of the Chapter. Formation in Dominican life and spirituality continues during this time. At the end of this period, the candidate and the Order decide if the candidate is prepared to make final or permanent profession.

(Used with Permission- St.Cecilia Lay Dominicans Chapter)

1.5. Life Profession

Life Profession is truly life transforming. This means that the member has fully integrated the Dominican way of life into his or her own way of life. When the decision is reached to move ahead and make final profession, the individual makes a commitment to live according to the Rule of the Fraternities of St. Dominic for the rest of his or her life.

(Used with Permission- St. Cecilia Lay Dominicans Chapter)

1.6. On-going Formation

Dominicans are particularly committed to on-going formation both in the chapter and individually. Even though one has made a permanent commitment to be a Dominican, on-going study continues in the area of Dominican spirituality, the Scriptures, the teachings of the Church, etc. Dominicans are always concerned about growing in understanding of both their faith and their Dominican vocation.

(Used with Permission- St. Cecilia Lay Dominicans Chapter)