|Fr. Benedict Croell OP with 2013 novitiate class|
Words plain and simple from Fr. James Sullivan OP, the Master of Novices for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph.
"In the Province of St. Joseph, novitiate is the normal beginning to a man's formation as a Dominican friar. To think of it as a year-long retreat would not be wrong, nor would it be wrong to think of it as a year-long boot camp. Novices learn how to pray, study, and share their lives together. They also need to learn how to walk (especially in the habit), eat in public, and live without e-mail and the internet. By its very nature the novitiate is testing out the Order and the Order is testing out the novice. Each is asking of the other: 'Does all of this really fit together?'
|Fr. James Sullivan OP|
Novice Master, w/friars