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novitiate

, noviciate
1. the state of being a novice, esp in a religious order, or the period for which this lasts
2. the part of a religious house where the novices live
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Provincialates led to provincial noviciates for the local formation of novices, and brought the possibility that a sister who was not French might become a senior Counsellor (a central post) and even a Superior General, as in the case of Mabel Digby cited earlier.
These three elements--spiritual charism, sociology of membership and nature of work--operated together to create the family characteristics of the congregation into which each novice was inducted during the lengthy noviciate.
67) Until the French government ordered the expulsion of congregations in 1904-5, most of them continued to have a central mother-house with a Generalate and noviciate located in France.