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Becoming a Sister

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Are you awakening to God’s pull at your heart to follow a religious vocation?

Your exploration into becoming a Dominican sister is unique to you and yet universal with others who are also discerning their vocation options to be who God created them to be.

If you are interested, contact me for companioning on your journey.

Sr. Mary Yun

(213) 760-3085

photo Sister Gloria and Sister Mary

Discernment Journey

Have these thoughts or questions been going through your mind? How can I bring my deepest passions to a world in great need and infinite possibility? I feel I want to make a difference in people’s lives and to share God’s love with them. Could religious life be my path? If so, you might be discerning a call to religious life.

The Path

Alive in God’s mystery, our lives and spirit are nourished by the dynamic interplay of prayer, community, study, and ministry.

We believe all meaningful relationships are rooted in trust: trust in yourself, in your environment, in your community, in your capabilities and most importantly, in your heart. The path to becoming a sister is a sacred journey that requires an open heart.

The journey includes these primary milestones:

  • Candidacy: A beginning lived experience of Dominican life and ministry. You will live in a community and still manage your own expenses. The candidacy process usually lasts a year and will move on to the next step as both parties see fit.
  • Novitiate: Two years of spiritual development, study, growth in understanding, and living our Dominican religious life, including one year at the Dominican Collaborative Novitiate in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Temporary Profession: A deepening lived commitment of the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience through life in community and active ministry prior to perpetual profession.
  • Perpetual Profession: A sister’s sacred and public witness of her vowed commitment to God through the charism and mission of the congregation.

photo of Sister Mary YunWhere do we go now?

Come visit us! Visit one of our local communities and share a meal or pray with our sisters. 

You are invited to attend our discernment retreats in either Southern California or Northern California. Attending our retreats is simply a way to become familiar with our lives and provides an opportunity to ask questions.

"We are women of the word, uniquely individual who choose to walk together reaching out to spread the light" (24th General Chapter Direction Statement).

If your heart or spirit resonates with these values, please contact us.


Preach the Truth in Love

We invite you to come and join us for a day or a weekend with our sisters, praying together and learning more about religious life.

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Upcoming Opportunities

Zoom Discernment Retreats

Saturday, March 12, 2022 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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