Novitiate: This is a two-year programme of prayer, work and learning about the Society of Jesus, which includes making the Thirty-Day Retreat, ., the full Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola, in their first year. Novices live in a novitiate under the direction of a novice master. They also engage in a variety of “experiments”, that see them working in various ministries, usually with the poor or the sick, sometimes in a less developed country. In their second year, novices go on a long experiment, spending several months in a Jesuit apostolate. In some provinces the novices also make a pilgrimage across the country with little money. At the end of his novitiate, a Jesuit pronounces his First Vows (of poverty, chastity and obedience).
Now speed piece the half squares, by stacking a Color 3 and Color 1 3-7/8" x 31"strip, right sides together. On the back of the top strip lightly mark the 3-7/8" square lines. Mark the diagonals in the direction shown at left as well. Sew a SCANT 1/4" above and below the marked diagonals, pivoting at the 3-7/8" square lines. Cut apart ON the marked diagonals, and on the square lines. This will give you sixteen half squares. Press seam allowances towards the darker fabric. Repeat this with a Color 3/Color 2 set, and again with a Color 1/Color 2 set... ...on to Page 2! To do this as a 12" finished block, the squares need to be cut at 2"( you need four of Color 2 and twelve of Color 3) ...the half squares are pieced as above from 2-3/8" x 19" strips. Trim half squares to measure 2" if needed, after pressing to dark side. March2000 Marcia Hohn Traditional Block