If a man believes that the Lord might be calling him to live as a Dominican friar, he ought to pursue this desire through prayer and learning about the Order. During the inquiry phase, he should explore our websites, visit public events, consider attending a vocation weekend, and contact the Director of Vocations.
For candidates to be admitted into the Order, in the Vicariate of Eastern Africa, the following must be met:
1.0 They must have completed the 21st year and not more than 35 years old. (Cf. RFP 20, draft).
2.0 They must not be married (Cf. Canon 643#2).
3.0 They must not be bound by sacred bonds to some institute of consecrated life or incorporated in some society of apostolic life, without prejudice to the prescript of Canon 684, (Cf. Canon 643#3).
4.0 They must enjoy the freedom necessary to make a free act of will. They should not be induced by force, grave fear, or malice (Cf. Canon 643#4).
5.0 They must reveal their incorporation, if any, in some institute of consecrated life or in some society of apostolic life (Cf. 643#5).
6.0 The candidate for admission must declare fully all personal (financial) obligations (such as if he has a patrimony or any debt), which might in any way preclude his full participation in Dominican life.
7.0 The following are the documents that are required for entry into the postulancy. (Most of these requirements are taken from RFP draft and the LCO, see LCO 170 and RFP, 24, draft, others have been taken from various documents that have been used in the past):
7.1 A letter of application.
7.2 A copy of the National Identification Card or Passport, which should indicate date and place of birth.
7.3 A copy of Birth Certificate, which should indicate date and place of birth.
7.4 A certified copy of the baptismal card. (Cf. Canon 645#1).
7.5 A valid copy of First Holy Communion and Confirmation certificate/Card, which must indicate date and place of reception. (Cf. Canon 645#1).
7.6 Letter of recommendation from the parish priest which among other things certifies the freedom of the candidate to join religious life.
7.7 A letter of recommendation from any of the three of the following: parish council, previous or current employer, ordinary, religious or priest who knows the candidates (or Local Ordinary, Major superiors, Rector or Formators, if it concerns the admission of clerics or those who had been admitted in another institute of consecrated life or a society of apostolic life, or in a seminary, (Cf. Canon 645#2)).
7.8 An academic qualification which allows for entry into an East African University and also demonstrates aptitude to perform well at university level studies. (The certificates should include both primary, A and O level). The candidate should also demonstrate aptitude to perform well in university level studies. (Cf. LCO 169#1, See also the Guidelines for academic qualifications).
7.9 A certificate of health completed by a registered medical doctor of our choice following a comprehensive medical check-up, the specifics of which are determined by the Vicariate Council.
7.10 Results of a Psychological test conducted by a Psychologist determined by Dominicans.
7.11 Candidates should write an autobiography which must follow the guidelines for writing an autobiography, provided by the VD.
7.12 Two passport size photos, passport and Visa for non-Kenyan candidates, (those about to enter the postulancy to have their government papers in order).
7.13 Kenyans to have a health insurance (NHIF- which the Vicariate will help to maintain the subscription during that period).
7.14 All candidates to have done an eye check-up and be fitted with corrective lenses (if needed), and have been treated for any chronic conditions.
7.15 A signed statement concerning personal history of sexual abuse, whether as a victim or victimizer.
7.16 A signed letter or form indicating willingness to protect the children and vulnerable and adherence to children and vulnerable protection policy put in place.
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Dominican Friars, Vicariate of Eastern Africa,
P.O. Box 230, Village Market,
00621 Nairobi, Kenya.
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