First step: Postulancy
In preparation for the actual formation (novitiate), and after the introduction, postulancy starts. During this period, which can take up to two years, candidates learn more about the Congregation of the Brothers of Charity. Also in that time, the Congregation decides whether a candidate is up to the apostolic tasks that await him. The final six months of postulancy candidates spend in a continental international novitiate – in Africa, Asia, or America – where they study English and prepare for the novitiate training. After that, candidates may begin the novitiate.