The noviciate offers a place where entrants can begin to make the Dominican way of life their own supported by the guidance of a Novice Master and a community shaped for this purpose. Although someone who joins the Order does not immediately take vows, they live as though they had done so, practising voluntary poverty, chastity, and obedience.

As members of the community they share in its prayer life through the Divine Office and daily Mass; they take their turn in cooking, and are given different house jobs to do. There are various classes which help novices to understand the Dominican charism and mission, our history, spirituality, and the constitutions which structure our common life, as well as classes on the wider life of the Church. There may be visits to schools and parishes to talk about our way of life with others. There is time to reflect and to grow in personal prayer.