Is God calling you to be a Canon?


Men who are interested in discerning whether they may have a vocation with the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem, or who have any questions, are encouraged to contact us! Send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or you can call the Priory telephone number, or write us by US mail at the address at the bottom of the page. 

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Candidates can be any Roman Catholic male without an impedeminent, usually between the ages of 18 and 35, although exceptions for age can be made at the discretion of the Canons. As a guideline, the ideal candidate would also have a Bachelors degree in Philosophy, have some background in Latin studies, and have some singing experience. 


The beginning step of the process to becoming a Canon is of course discernment. However, once someone applies to the community and is initially accepted, there are several steps to becoming a permanent member. These are: 1) postulancy, which is between 2 to 6 months; 2) novitiate, which involves a 2 year course of study; 3) simple profession, which lasts at least 3 years; and finally, 4) solemn profession for life.


For help in discerning a vocation, besides contacting use, we advise men above all to pray, and to find a sound spiritual director. Men need to ask God to give them light to discern His Will for them. They also need to be docile in the leading of the Holy Spirit, and to the leading of their spiritual director, which they should also have. Finally, they need to make a manful to decision in which they choose one option, and to follow through with this choice, rather than trying to keep all of their options open.



For more information about the life of the Canons, please see the rest of the website, and also read the Foundational Documents of the Canons and other resources found in the Archive, as well as the two-year course of study for Novices also in the Archive.