URGENT! Only 3 days left! We must still match $4,970 to win a $25,400 Challenge Grant! Can you help?
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

NOVICE

A person formally admitted to a religious institute to prepare for eventual religious profession. The purpose of the noviceship is also to assist superiors to better know the candidates and therefore be able to pass correct judgment on their suitability for the religious life. The noviceship is of ancient origin, and its duration varied. At present one year at least is required by common law, but many communities require more. A novice receives the religious habit, which in women's communities includes a white veil. He or she may leave or be requested to leave without stated reason during this period of probation. Before first profession the novice must testify to free consent. The minimum age for noviceship is fifteen years. (Etym. Latin novicius, new; newly arrived; novice.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Urgent! We need extra financial support between now and May 24th. 6 hours ago
Was Lewis “basically Catholic”? 20 hours ago
Reading The Diary of a Country Priest: Scandal May 20
Modeling King David’s awareness of God May 20
Has the sensus fidei disappeared? May 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days