Spanning over a decade from the early 1950’s through to the mid-60’s, Novitiate is about a young girl's first initiation with love, in this case with God. Raised by a non-religious, single mother in rural Tennessee, a scholarship to Catholic school soon finds Cathleen drawn into the mystery and romanticism of a life devoted to the worship and servitude of God. But with the dawn of the Vatican II era, radical changes in the Church are threatening the course of nuns' lives. As she progresses to the novitiate stage of training, she finds her faith repeatedly confronted and challenged by the harsh, often inhumane realities of being a servant of God, struggling with issues of faith, sexuality and her life as a nun. Starring Melissa Leo & Lisa Stewart.