“The Novitiate, through which life in an institute is begun, is arranged so that the novices better understand their divine vocation, and indeed one which is proper to the institute, experience the manner of living of the institute, and form their mind and heart in its spirit, and so that their intention and suitability is tested.” (Can.646)
In our Congregation, religious Life begins in the Novitiate stage. This is a period of 2 years, during which time the Novice is helped to understand God’s call and to know our way of life. The first year, called the Canonical Year, is primarily dedicated to study and the development of the interior life through contemplating the mystery of salvation by reading and meditating on the Holy Scriptures.
In the 2nd year, a Candidate studies in a deeper way the Religious Vows, Rules and Constitution governing our Congregation; Moral Theology, History of the Church, among other related subjects, to assist her in her Religious call. In the 2nd year also, a Novice is introduced to the Apostolic Life of our Congregation, whereby they spend a certain period of their novitiate in “Formative Activities,” that is to say, of experiences which closely relates to the kind of work and life of our Congregation.
At the end of the two years, interviews are conducted and if confirmed fit for Religious Life, the novice professes the three vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience for a period of one year.