The Novitiate is the most important period of formation. It introduces the novice to a deeper experience of prayer, community living, and the dynamics of individual growth and development. It also provides him with some apostolic experience and guides him in his study of scripture, spirituality, traditions of the congregation and the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Under the guidance of the novice master, the novice more deeply reflects upon his relationship with God and his decision to live the vowed life as a Viatorian. The Novitiate is a one-year program.