The Postulancy is the very first phase in our stages of formation. Once candidates are accepted, they begin as postulants in one of our communities. This is usually a programme lasting about a year’s duration. Its purpose is to give candidates themselves the opportunity of gaining firsthand knowledge of our way of life and to give those responsible in the Order a chance of assessing their suitability. Importantly, the postulancy focuses on helping the candidates adjust to community living and gives them an introduction to Carmelite spirituality and prayer.