Novitiate

The novitiate is a period of no less than two years (with the first year being a canonical year) and is an initiation into religious life, providing opportunities for the novice to grow in intimacy with Jesus Christ through: prolonged periods of prayer, study of and meditation on Scripture, deeper participation in the liturgical life of the Church, appropriate periods of silence and times for reflection, proper instruction in issues related to religious life, opportunities for personal growth and self-denial.

Novitiate is also a time during which the novice studies more about the charism, heritage and mission of the Congregation and is assisted in learning about the substance of the vows and implications for living out the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, in community, for life. Novitiate is a “focused” period of time that aims at empowering the novice to freely and totally embrace religious life with a reasonable knowledge and understanding of the implications of living authentically as a professed Sister.

For serious reasons the novitiate may be extended but by no more than 6 months.