‚ÄčThe novitiate is a unique and important stage in the process of being initiated into the religious life and spirit of the University Sisters of Assumption (Can 646). Novices should understand and make their own the spirit of the Congregation. Growth in this spirit continues during the entire life of the sisters and extends to every dimension of their lives (Can 646).To be validly admitted to the novitiate, the candidate must have completed her twenty first (21st) year of age and be free of any canonical impediment without prejudice. (Can 643).