The Affiliate stage of Formation is a time for the candidate to gain a clearer awareness of the fundamental ideals of religious life in general and the Norbertine Order in particular. It is also a time in which the community becomes better acquainted with the candidate.
Entrance into the Affiliate stage involves several visits to the Abbey and a formal application to the Order. The Affiliate normally lives at Daylesford Abbey with the Director and continues to retain his current employment or schooling. He is expected to join the Norbertine professed community for daily common prayer and meals. During the period of affiliation, which can last from a few months to two years, the individual comes to a sense of whether he is being called to our way of life and to the next step, which is to novitiate.