“Candidates must undergo a period of postulancy before beginning novitiate. For candidates to the Brotherhood the period lasts six months. For other candidates the Major Superior decides as to the type and duration of postulancy. Postulancy is that initial period of testing and gradual adjustment which leads one into the Pauline manner of living. It should take place in a House designated by a Major Superior and under the direction of an experienced Monk.”
– (The Constitutions of the Order of St. Paul the First Hermit, Article 67)
Postulancy is the first stage of formation in our Order. In practice, the postulant is introduced to the Liturgy of the Hours and meditation on the Word of God. He helps in physical work as well as in the work at the monastery or sacristy. In addition, there are lectures on the spirituality of the Order led by the Prefect of the Postulancy.
In our American Province, the postulancy usually takes place in our monastery in Doylestown, PA.