A-Z: General definitions: Order


A religious order is a group of men or of women who have taken vows to live a religious life in a certain way, usually by living, worshiping and working together. The vows typically are of celibacy, poverty (not owning personal property), and obedience (following the direction of their leaders), also praying at certain times. Adherents have a variety of names, for example: monks, friars, nuns, brothers, sisters. The best known Catholic orders are Benedictines, Franciscans, Jesuits, and Dominicans.

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