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As postulants (from Latin : postulare = "request, demand") , believers who have requested admission to the community are referred to in various religious orders, especially in Christianity , but also in individual Buddhist orders. They complete a postulate , a time when they get to know the life of the community and the community can get to know them.

Candidates for admission to a Masonic Lodge or the Rosicrucian Order AMORC are sometimes referred to as postulants .

Following the postulate, which in the Roman Catholic Church can last from a few months to two years at the most, the novitiate takes place after the corresponding request of the postulant , at the beginning of which usually there is the formal admission to clothing (according to ecclesiastical law can. 597 § 2). Alternative names for the postulant are candidate or aspirant . In some orders, on the other hand, the terms aspirant or candidate are used for those who seek admission to the monastery as postulants.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ William Moseley Brown: The postulant: a booklet of information for those elected to receive the first degree in masonry . Freemasons. Grand Lodge of Virginia. Committee on Masonic Education and Information, 1940. Google Books
  2. Petra Altmann: Order and monastery life. The 101 most important questions . CH Beck, Munich 2001, p. 126. Google book page preview

Web links

Wiktionary: Postulant  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations
  • Postulant in the1913 Catholic Encyclopedia (in English)