The Novitiate is a time of discernment and of development unique to each woman. The Novitiate accept each woman for who she is and what stage of life she is in.

Year one and year two of the novitiate are decidedly unique – forming a blended experience that teaches the novices what the “active- contemplative” nature of the Bon Secours community truly means – that to live a life that balances prayer with service to others. They learn that prayer and daily Eucharist supports, nourishes, and directs the sisters outreach efforts in service to others. year one, known as the Canonical Year, is a relatively solitary year as each woman focuses on coursework, prayer, and a deepening of her relationship with God, community and self.

The second year, or Apostolic year, finds the women continuing in classroom study, especially study of vowed life – with a new emphasis on apostolic service, going outside of the novitiate for three months to live in communities and in different apostolate of the Congregation. A holistic program the novitiate strives to develop a balance cultivating the spiritual and psychological dimensions of each novice as well as her physical, emotional and personal well – being.