novitiate novitiate


  1. (n) the period during which you are a novice (especially in a religious order)
  2. (n) someone who has entered a religious order but has not taken final vows



  1. But having gone through the novitiate, fly-fishermen are never the same again.
  2. Keneally is what the Irish call a spoiled priestafter years of novitiate, he did not take his final vows.
  3. They also have to become master chefs during their novitiate, and many have been trained by Paris' famed Cordon Bleu cooking school.


  1. Civil rights, MLK and Vatican II

    In August 1963, I was ensconced in a novitiate in Titusville, Pa. Those were not the days (not quite yet) when nuns routinely joined public marches or demonstrations, no matter how worthy the cause.
    on August 21, 2013     Source: National Catholic Reporter

  2. Sisters of Charity welcome two novices

    Members of the Sisters of Charity Community welcomed Andrea Koverman and Tracy Kemme into the canonical novitiate during a ceremony June 26 in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse.
    on August 20, 2013     Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer

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