Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Response Concerning the Erection of Two Novitiates, 1997. Private.

A supreme moderator of a religious institute queried of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (hereafter CICL) whether she could erect a second novitiate in the religious institute, which is not divided into provinces. The superior believed that this would afford the novices an experience of two significantly different geographic areas served by the religious institute. CICL replied as follows:

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The question of establishing a second novitiate house in the same institute to accommodate the same group of novices does not seem necessary. Canon 647, §3 provides that the major superior can permit the novices, as a group, to live for a stated period of time in another house of the institute, designated by that same superior. This article is based on Renovationis causam 16-II, which speaks of transferring the novitiate community during certain periods to another residence of the congregation “in order to make more effective provision for the formation of novices.’’ That is, of course, different from the provision for individual apostolic experiences. Here it is presumed that the community of the novices moves to a different house of the institute, together with the novice mistress, continuing the specific program of formation proper to their canonical period, as approved by the competent major superior.

With personal best wishes, I remain

Yours sincerely in Christ,

/s/+ Undersecretary

RRAO (1997): 16-17.