“Fill your mind with everything that is true, everything that
everything that is good and pure, everything that we love and honor,
and everything that can be thought virtuous or worthy of praise….Then the God
of peace will
be with you.” (Philippians 4: 8-9)
The novitiate normally lasts two years. The purpose of it is to
give the novices a greater understanding of their religious vocation in the
The first year of the novitiate is spent at
St. Teresa’s Novitiate Whitefield and includes a period of
theological, philosophical, ascetical and spiritual formation, indispensable to
the development of a life of deep union with God and the understanding of
During the second year of novitiate held at St. Teresa’s Convent
Geddalahalli, the novices spend two months in regular communities outside the
novitiate house and a month is spend for exposure programme.
They learn in progressive stages that prayer and activity are
linked together inseparably.
Novices realize that for anyone who wants to be formed as true disciple of
Jesus Christ, self emptying is a non-negotiable requirement and this entails
being in effective solidarity with the poor and the marginalized and to pitch
one’s camp with them.
With this conviction of mind, the novices set out for their exposure programme.