2016-2017 Schedule for Candidate Formation [PDF]

Required Texts: 

  • CCC Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Murray, Paul The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality: A Drink Called Happiness. Bloomsbury. 2006
  • Philippe, Jacques Time for God Scepter Publishers. 1992
  • Ferrell, Walter My Way of Life Confraternity of the Precious Blood. 1952
  •  Christian Prayer (Red Book) Catholic Book Publishing Corp., New York, 1976
    or the Four-volume set of Liturgy of the Hours



Introduction to the Dominican Order Pt. I

Saint: Bl. Jordan of Saxony


  • Recognize the local chapter’s connection to the communion within the Dominican Order and the universal Church
  • Describe the character of the Lay Dominican promise as stated in the Ritual Order and the earliest statutes. (Read Letter of Promulgation, General Introduction and Rite of Profession).
  • Recognize the long history of the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic and their continuity with the earliest days (thirteenth c.) of the Order.
  • Identify the purpose of the founding of the Lay Fraternities as for the practice of the works of mercy and the care of the poor.
  • Identify the following elements of Dominican Spirituality:
  1. the emphasis on the role of the movement of divine grace upon the will
  2. the role of preaching


Ashley, Benedict. Dominican Spirituality  [PDF]

Ritual Order for the Reception and Profession into Clerical or Lay Fraternities of Saint Dominic. Approved by Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, 1998. Promulgated by Timothy Radcliffe, OP, 1999. (~50 pp of text)

Code of Canon Law (1983): Applicable canons from “Associations of the Christian Faithful” (#298, 301, 303-306). (~3 pp of text)

“Statute of the Congregation of St. Dominic, Bologna, 1244” in Tugwell, Simon, ed. Early Dominicans Selected Writings. Paulist Press, New York: 1982, pp 433-435. (3 pp text) [PDF]

Murray, Paul. The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality. Ch. 1 “What is Dominican Spirituality” (pp. 5-44)

Saint: [Sisters of St. Cecilia]


Introduction to the Dominican Order Pt. II

Saint: Bl. Reginald of Orleans


  • Deepen one’s knowledge of St. Dominic’s prayer (Nine Ways) through the of reading selected canonization proceedings (primary document)
  • Identify ways of personally imitating Dominic’s prayer
  • Recognize Dominicans as being filled with evangelical joy from living the life of the Beatitudes


Selection of the Canonization Proceedings of St. Dominic [PDF]

Murray, Paul. The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality. Ch. 2 “Dominicans and Happiness” (pp. 45-77)

Saint: [Sisters of St. Cecilia]



The Four Pillars of Dominican Life: Prayer, Part I

Saint: Bl. Imelda


  •  Define “Liturgy” as expressed in the CCC
  •  Discuss the LOH as
  1. Prayer of the Bride of Christ;
  2. prayer of Christ the Head;
  3. prayer of the Mystical body
  4. extension of the Mass throughout the day


General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours (GILOH)
(Abridged) in Christian Prayer

Lagrange, Reginald Garrigou. The Three Ages of Interior Life., Vol. 2 Ch. 24 “The Sacrifice of the Mass and Proficients” [Christian Perfection]  Part 3 – “The Illuminative Way of Proficients”

Saint: [Sisters of St. Cecilia]


The Four Pillars of Dominican Life: Prayer, Part II

Saint: Bl. Henry Suso


  • Identify that mental prayer is not technique but a gift of grace
  • Recognize that fidelity to mental prayer helps one to grow in love of God and love of neighbor (Ch. 1)
    • Purgative, illuminative, unitive
    • Meditation, affective prayer, contemplation
  • Recognize that spiritual writers use various categories to describe the ways and stages of prayer
  • Identify some of the stages of prayer (states of prayer by spiritual writers Ch. 3)
  • Understand that the movement from meditation (active prayer) to contemplation (more passive prayer) is an invitation and grace from God
  • Understand that in the manner one loves Jesus is the depth that one loves His Bride, the Church


Philippe, Jacques Time for God. Ch 1, 2, and 3 (pp 7-65)
Saint: [Sisters of St. Cecilia]


The Four Pillars of Dominican Life: Prayer, Part III

Saint: St. Vincent Ferrer


  • Understand that fidelity to prayer requires one to spend time in meditation (Ch. 4)
  • Grow deeper in meditation by following the steps of Lectio Divina (Ch. 5)
  • Practice Lectio Divina
  • Pray the “Jesus Prayer” (Ch. 5)
  • Understand how the praying of the Rosary unites us with the Heart of Mary and leads us into her own mental prayer giving us access to the Heart of Jesus (Ch. 5)
  • Recognize spiritual writers and various forms of mental prayer (Appendices)
  • Practice Lectio Divina together with a passage from the Gospel. (Perhaps invite a guest to speak/present on it.)


Philippe, Jacques Time for God. Ch 4 & 5 (pp 82-98 and Appendices pp.99-108)

Gorski, Roman Martinus, O.P. “People of the Word, Lectio Divina.” Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic, 2012. Province of St Joseph. Novitiate Module

McGoldrick, Father Kevin. “Lectio Divina: Prayerful Reading of Scripture” essay

Saint: [Sisters of St. Cecilia]


Day of Recollection




Saint: Bl. Diana D’Andalo


  • Understand St. Dominic’s passion for study of Sacred Scripture and the Teachings of the Church
  • Define study as a sacred task
  • Identify past Dominican Saints and their zeal for study of Sacred Truth


Murray, Paul. The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality. Ch. 3 “Eat the Book: Study in the Dominican Tradition” (p. 78-127)

Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages Biographical sketch of St. Thomas Aquinas (p. 2-7)

Saint: [Sisters of St. Cecilia]



Saint: St. Louis de Montfort


  • Study and reading of the Rule and Directory in order for one to make a Temporary Promise

Rule and Directory of the Southern Province [PDF]

Saint: [Sisters of St. Cecilia]



Saint: St. John of Cologne


  • Describe the Church’s understanding of the Role of the Laity as expressed in Lumen Gentium.
  • Understand St. Dominic’s zeal for preaching the Word of God for the salvation of souls.
  • Describe how the Holy Spirit Fills one with the desire to preach the Gospel.

Lumen Gentium, Chapters 1,2,4, and 5 [PDF]

Murray, Paul. The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality. Ch. 4 “Dominicans Drinking: Preachers and the New Wine of the Gospel” (pp.128-170)

Saint: [Sisters of St. Cecilia]


Introduction and preparation for the virtues

Saint: Bl. Margaret of Castello


  • Understand the nature of happiness; the role of the intellect, the will, and reason; the role of morality in the human act.
  • Explain the essence of the passions and their relations with the reason and the will.

“Meditation on the Gospel of the Beatitudes” by Msgr. Charles Pope [Website]

My Way of Life Part IIa Chapters 1-5 (pp.152-222)

Saint: [Sisters of St. Cecilia]


Introduction into the Beatitudes and preparation for the virtues

Saint: St. Peter Verona


  • Define the four Cardinal Virtues and the Theologica/Infused Virtues.
  • Compare the role of the natural Virtues and the Supernatural Virtues.
  • Explain that we are moved to action through the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  • Understand the Beatitudes are perfected Gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit.

My Way of Life Part IIa Chapters 6-10 (pp.224-268)

“The Beatitudes” Part I by Bishop Robert Baron [Youtube]

Saint: [Sisters of St. Cecilia]


Introduction into the Supernatural life of Grace

Saint: St. Agnes of Montepuclciano


  • Understand the causes and effects of sin.
  • Define natural law, habitual Grace, and the effects of Grace.

My Way of Life Part IIa Chapters 11-14 (pp.270-311)

“The Beatitudes: The Portrait of Happiness” by Bishop Robert Baron [Youtube]

Saint: [Sisters of St. Cecilia]