Postulancy lasts for approximately one year. It is a time during which the postulant discovers our life and discerns whether he wishes to ask to enter the noviciate. Depending on the country, the postulant either lives in one of our priories or is involved with a priory whilst being resident elsewhere.
When a postulant is resident in a priory, he participates in the life of the Brothers. He meets regularly with the brother responsible for postulants and with a spiritual director of his choice. He also receives an introductory formation. When a postulant is unable to be resident in a priory, he follows a programme of meetings and opportunities to experience life in the priories as well as monthly formation. He is accompanied by the brother responsible for postulants and by a spiritual director of his choice. In this way he is able to continue any studies he may be doing or any professional activities. Should he wish to ask to join the noviciate, he will undertake a retreat for vocational discernment.