A novice is one who having been regularly admitted into a religious order, and already confirmed in higher vocation by a certain period of probation as a postulant, is prepared by a series of exercises and tests for the religious profession; this period is known as the novitiate. The institution of a time of trial to prepare the religious candidate for his future career is a very ancient one dating from at least the 5th century. No specific length of time for the novitiate is required by canon law; hence it varies with different orders.
- “novice”. . Saints.SQPN.com. 22 September 2013. Web. 20 October 2014. <>