A novice is one who having been regularly admitted into a religious order, and already confirmed in higher vocation by a certain period of probation as a postulant, is prepared by a series of exercises and tests for the religious profession; this period is known as the novitiate. The institution of a time of trial to prepare the religious candidate for his future career is a very ancient one dating from at least the 5th century. No specific length of time for the novitiate is required by canon law; hence it varies with different orders.

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  • “novice”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 January 2009. Web. 19 October 2021. <>