"I want to test my vocation and see if I am called to be a Marist Brother."
The Novitiate is an 18-24 month program or “apprenticeship” where the young man formally enters into the Institute of the Marist Brothers and learns to begin living as a Brother. Novices for the Province of Australia undertake their formation in an international English speaking Novitiate with other young men.
The aim of this time is to help the Novice:
deepen his relationship with God and the Marist Brothers through prayer, meditation and study of Marist life and consecration
discover the stable, inner core of his identity as a person and Marist Brother, while remaining open, flexible and creative in the ways he will be called to live this out
appreciate the full meaning of Brotherhood, assisting him to live this in community and in ministry with those to whom he is missioned as a Brother
The Novitiate is completed with the Profession of First Vows.