The Novitiate stage is a two-year program. The first or canonical year is a time of relative seclusion. Its character is more enclosed, focused and involves a curtailment of outside contacts. Although more experiential than academic, the novitiate is a period in which the Novice begins the process of assimilating a basic foundation and understanding of religious life and specifically Norbertine life.
The goals of the program center around the development of a personal spiritual life, an appreciation for liturgical prayer, an understanding of the tradition of the Norbertine Order, gaining a sense of ministry by simple acts of service as well as continued human and psychosexual growth and development.
During the second year, the candidate continues to build on the values and goals of the first year and resumes full-time academic work to complete the studies needed to fulfill the requirements for theological studies.
The Novitiate stage is a time for spiritual growth and personal development that ideally leads the individual to comfort in living the Norbertine religious life and the desire to progress to first profession.