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The People of God » Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life » Institutes of Consecrated Life » Religious Institutes » The admission of candidates and the formation of members » Religious profession
Canon 656. For the validity of temporary profession it is required that:

1. the person who is to make it has completed at least eighteen years of age;

2. the novitiate has been validly completed;

3. admission has been given freely by the competent superior with the vote of the council according to the norm of law;

4. the profession is expressed and made without force, grave fear, or malice;

5. the profession is received by a legitimate superior personally or through another.
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