Postulancy is the period of immediate preparation for the novitiate. During this stage the candidates become convinced of the genuineness of the call and purity of intention. This period brings about a gradual transition for lay life to the life proper to the religious. The postulants become deeply aware of the need to become free of all worldly attachments in order to give themselves to God. The patron saint of postulants is St. John Berchmans.