Getting Started

Student Brothers

Joining a religious Order is very similar to joining a family. Just as you need to learn about us, it is just as important we get to know you. We want to make sure all our friars have the life-skills, temperament, and calling to serve God and His Church as a Dominican friar. At times the discernment process may seem a little intimidating. Don’t worry, you don’t have to go through this alone. Our Vocation Director is always there to provide you with the support and resources you need to help you through this process.

Our Admission Criteria

A man applying to the Dominican Province of Saint Martin de Porres must meet the following criteria:

• a practicing Roman Catholic for at least 3 years
• committed to living the vows of celibate chastity, poverty, and obedience
• between the ages of 21 and 40
• physically and mentally healthy and able to serve in active ministry
• free of significant financial obligations (does not include student/educational loan debt, which is dealt with on a case-by-case basis)
• a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
• has earned a college degree

Discerning Your Vocation

The first steps in considering life as a Dominican friar are very informal. Discernment requires action on your part. If you really want to give your life to God, then you’re the one that needs to make the decision. A gift requires action on the part of the giver, not the receiver. Below some initial things you can do to get the discernment process moving:

1. Contact Us: Get things moving by contacting our Vocation Director, Fr. Charlie Johnson, O.P. He is experienced in helping men discern their vocation.

2. Begin Spiritual Direction: Spiritual direction is a process that enables you to become more conscious of how God is working in your life. For men discerning their vocation, the spiritual director will help you prayerfully try to discern whether your desire for a religious vocation is from God. In other words, whether God is calling you to serve Him as Dominican friar (priest or lay brother).

3. Get to Know the Friars: Attend one of our Come and See Weekends. Held every fall and spring, they offer a great opportunity to explore our life on a more intimate level.

4. Learn More About Dominican Life and History: A variety of books, videos and articles that describe our life and history are readily available. Click here for a list of resources.


5. The Last Step is the Application Process. The final step in discerning your vocation is choosing to apply for admission to the Order of Friars Preachers.


The Catholic Church in the South needs more Dominican priests and brothers. Is God calling you to be a Dominican Friar (priest or brother)?

Visit DominicanVocations.com or contact Fr. Charles Johnson, O.P. at (504) 837-2129 x6 or vocations@opsouth.org for more information.