The novitiate is a period of introduction to Salvatorian religious life. In an atmosphere of reflection and prayer, and under the guidance and leadership of the novice master, the novice strives to deepen his knowledge and experience of God and ever more clearly to know himself. He lives community life and the evangelical counsels and is introduced to apostolic activities. Through mutual discernment, the novice and the Society determine the possible fulfillment of his vocation within the Society and his compatibility with its life and mission. Thus the novice prepares himself for temporary profession.