The term "Candidacy" refers to the first period of a new member in the order. After a 3 to 12 month acquaintance period (depending on the previous familiarity with the order), the candidate receives the clerical dress. A 12 month novitiate then follows. During this time, the spiritual foundations for the religious life are laid. (For more information see here). Both stages of formation take place at the Auhof, which functions as both the Candidacy House and Novitiate House of the SJM.