Questions tagged [religious-orders]

A religious order is a lineage of communities and organizations of people who live in some way set apart from society in accordance with their specific religious devotion.

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Who were the Black Canons on the Augustinian Priory of Inchmahome in Scotland?

Recently, while on holiday in Scotland, I visited the ruins of the Augustinian Priory of Inchmahome on the Lake of Mentieth, near to Aberfoyle and Loch Lomond. The priory was founded in 1238 by the ...
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Ties between the Jesuits and the Byzantine?

I am reading into Society of Jesus, seeking to uncover its parallels and differences with Orthodox Christianity. It is attested the Jesuit order was formed in France on August 15th 1534, by Ignatius ...
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Franciscan apostolic college governance

The Franciscan apostolic college of San Fernando in Mexico staffed the missions of California, then resembling an apostolic prefecture. Since it was a Franciscan college they presumably owed some ...
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Can anybody identify from which order these nuns are?

Picture taken Eastbourne about 1900.
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Who first addressed a religious male or female with “brother” or “sister,” respectively?

What is the first occurrence in Church history of addressing a religious male or female (i.e., one who has taken vows of obedience, chastity, and poverty) with "brother" or "sister," respectively?
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Catholic orders controlling diocesan territory

Under Imperial Spain, several Mexican apostolic colleges staffed missions in the Californias. This remote part of the diocese of Sonora was best accessed by sea, and the empire paid travel expenses ...
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Are there any existent military orders?

The Knights Templar (Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon) are an example of a Christian military order, but were dissolved in the 14th century. Are there any currently existing ...
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What exactly is the process of becoming a Jesuit?

I have heard that becoming a Jesuit is one of the hardest and longest religious ordinances in the world. What exactly is the purpose of making the process so long and what exactly does it entail? I ...
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Why isn't consecrated virginity a sacrament?

In Catholicism, marriage is a sacrament, so why isn't consecrated virginity a sacrament?
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Are monks allowed by Church law to set up a religious order for clergymen with a particular profession (ex. developers)?

Imagine that there is a Catholic monk, who is also a full-stack developer, who, after much thinking wants to set up a religious order for clergymen who code. We have heard of clergymen (monks, priests)...
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What, if any, were the Catholic orders that opposed the Catholic Inquisition?

During the Inquisition of the Middle Ages, Dominicans and Franciscans were the main church inquisitors. I was wondering if there were other religious orders that, as a whole, opposed the Inquisition. ...
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What religious order do these nuns belong to?

The habit of these nuns includes no guimpe (or a black one), a black veil, a white wimple, a rectangular white coif: Which order do they belong to? (I couldn't find anything quite like it on ...
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How does one discern a calling to the vocation of religious life?

Approaching this from a Catholic perspective, I'd like to ask believers how they came to know that they were called to join the religious life (as a brother or nun), as opposed to the other vocations (...
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What exactly are 'private vows'?

What exactly are private vows? After somebody I vaguely know noted that she has taken private vows, I have been rather too fearful to admit my ignorance. I went home, looked through the Code of Canon ...
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What was/is different about the way the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate celebrate the Novus Ordo Mass?

I've been reading a little too into some recent Churchy news about the Pope "imposing an oath" on a Franciscan group I had heard nothing about. I don't want to cast aspersions on the Holy Father in ...
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What is the Order of Special Full-Time Servants?

The Order of Special Full-Time Servants appears to be a religious order of Jehovah's Witnesses. What is a religious order in the context of Witness theology? Is it theologically meaningful at all? To ...