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Find accurate definitions of over 5,000 Catholic terms and phrases (including abbreviations). Based on Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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The period of formal probation of a person in a religious community or secular institute. It follows the postulancy and precedes the first profession of vows. Also refers to the residence for novices. Sometimes called noviceship.