[quote="AdamPeter, post:8, topic:294346"]
OP - I see what you did there... :P
Also please allow me to clarify:
I myself am aware of the rules of my Order. I Know I am expected to be celibate and have been living in such a manner for some time.
My question was more in relation to general behavior.
I merely mentioned dating as I do know some seminarians apparently do this. I don't particularly think it's a good idea for a potential priest.
Thanks for the clarification. I was presuming you weren't quite sure what to expect which is why I was being quite heavy handed with my answers.
The only women I met when I was in novitiate (for the OFMs) were the nuns in the kitchen (it was also a retreat house), and some people after mass. Polite distance is the best. You are not there to make friends.
Depending on the house of formation you may meet no women whatsoever.
Novitiate is quite intense.
We had prayer and study in the morning, followed by noon mass. Then lunch and physical work in the forest around the house in the afternoons. Evenings were community oriented or more study and group discussion with the novice master. The Office was said throughout the day.
When I went to the study house for theology I met more women who were also taking courses at the Theology School.
If you have struggles with chastity during novitiate bring it up with your spiritual director (who may or may not be your novice master).
Be aware, as a young religious not yet in permanent vows you will/may be seen as a legitimate mate by many women. Do not let that turn your head.