Novitiate - a concentrated time of blessings and grace
The novitiate is the time of intensive introduction into our vocation and community. It is divided into a "closed" period of one year, an internship of 6 months and a further 6 months of Propaedeuticum.
The first year focuses on the spiritual formation of the novices, on the introduction to Schoenstatt spirituality and on the formation of the course community. This is backed up in our Constitution, which assures the lasting existence of the course community during the whole life of its members. The course life aims to give impulses to the individual members and from them to the whole Institute.
A six-month internship follows - most of the times in a social work - in order to practice and prove the acquired spiritual life in a normal everyday environment.
The last six months begin with an individually accompanied retreat of several weeks, which is followed by a Propaedeuticum - study units that build a bridge from the Schoenstatt spirituality to the study of philosophy and theology.