The Novitiate focuses on deepening a Novice’s spirituality, as well as her understanding of the vows and mission of the Congregation. “A Novitiate of two years will offer the Novice time to spend one of those years as a Canonical Novice, and another year during which she may engage in further study or apostolic ministry.” (Constitution 30)
The Canonical Novitiate Year is primarily a year of prayer and reflection with a contemplative focus that necessarily implies a slowing down of activity and a quieting of the spirit. The Canonical Year is ordinarily the first year of the novitiate and usually takes place at the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate.
During this second year, a novice integrates the learnings from the Canonical Year into her life in community and ministry. At the end of this phase, the Novice may request to make her first profession of vows.
Here are videos of candidates being received as novices:
“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119: 105)