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Since you question specifically states Catholicism, I will give you a quote from a Catholic source: For centuries people have been embracing the evangelical counsels and binding themselves to observe them by the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. The most common example we have of persons making these vows are the men and women ...


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It may be possible that St. Benedict of Nursia (480-547) in his Holy Rule is the first recorded instance of maintaining the fact that his religious should not address one another simply by their names. Chapter 63 states the following: Let the junior brethren reverence their seniors, and the seniors love their juniors. In calling each other by name, ...


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"Black Canons" is another name for Augustinian canons regular. They are "black" because of their habit, according to the OED: black canon n. [from the colour of the habit worn; compare post-classical Latin canon niger (c 1220)] now chiefly hist. a canon regular of St Augustine (see note at canon n.2 1). Canons regular are Priests who are bound by ...


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The Knights of Malta also known as the Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem is a Military Order that still exists. The most important of all the military orders, both for the extent of its area and for its duration. It is said to have existed before the Crusades and is not extinct at the present time. During this long career it has not always borne the ...


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The question of whether you are called to be a priest, or really any other specific calling, is not one you make on your own. If you feel you might be called to such a thing you should follow a number of steps. Since we don't give personal spiritual advice, this will be generic advice. First, pray about it. Ask God to show you whether he is really calling ...


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Pope Pius XII is saying in his 1954 encyclical Sacra Virginitas: We have recently with sorrow censured the opinion of those who contend that marriage is the only means of assuring the natural development and perfection of the human personality.⁶⁰ For there are those who maintain that the grace of the sacrament, conferred ex opere operato, renders the ...


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They are of the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth (source).


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Monica, generally speaking, there is are typical pathways under which a person who wanted to set up a community of like minded individuals could do so and get some sort of ecclesiastical recognition for the community. The way it would be most likely to happen would be that the person recruits others to join his community, then seeks ecclesiastical ...


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Distinguo: That Gregory IX, through his appointment of Dominicans and Franciscans as inquisitors, withdrew the suppression of heresy from the proper courts (i.e. from the bishops), is a reproach that in so general a form cannot be sustained. So little did he think of displacing episcopal authority that, on the contrary he provided explicitly that no ...


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Here are some resources: Vocation to the Religious State by St. Alphonsus de Liguori Vocations Explained: Matrimony, Virginity, the Religious State and the Priesthood by A Vincentian Father. Vocations by Rev. William Doyle, S.J. Religious Vocation: An Unnecessary Mystery by Fr. Richard Butler, O.P. See also Pope Pius XII's apostolic constitution Sede ...


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Good luck trying to figure that one out ;) Let me, though, attempt a little insight. For one, is has been said that the FFI has not contradicted magisterial teaching on faith or morals. Rather, what it appears to be is that leadership and discipline has broken down significantly enough that some members of FFI itself have called on Rome to help them sort ...


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The different types of full time servants among Jehovah's Witnesses are: Regular pioneers usually spend 70 hours a month in the field ministry. Some serve in a congregation where the need is greater. Special pioneers usually spend 130 hours a month in the field ministry. They are often assigned to a congregation where the need is greater. Circuit ...


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According to catholic-hierarchy.org Carlo Maria Viganò was ordained as priest of the diocese of Pavia on 24th of March 1968. So he was a (normal) diocesan priest before becoming bishop and is no member of any order.


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Who were the Black Canons on the Augustinian Priory of Inchmahome in Scotland? The Priory of Inchmahome was founded in 1238 by the Earl of Menteith, Walter Comyn, for a small community of the Augustinian order also called the Black Canons because of the color of their habits. What are Canon Regulars? Priests who are bound by religious vows and who live ...


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Can a Religious (a nun) be expelled from her order after a hysterectomy? The short answer is no. No religious would be expelled from their Religious Order simple because they got sick and doctors had to perform an hysterectomy. If she developed cancer and the hysterectomy was deemed necessary, there would be no sin in having an hysterectomy. The surgery ...


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I spent a great deal of time searching for an answer to this that doesn't make it sound like a scam to avoid taxes and enjoy the benefits of being treated as a religious institution, but I couldn't. As is usually the case, it's a lot easier to find information from those that stand against the Jehovah's Witnesses than it is to find positive information ...


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The order I believe it is the order of Grey Nuns (of the Sacred Heart). Here is a US branch with an image with a similar headpiece. Here are a few different orders but the leftmost is a Grey Nun with a heart-shaped headpiece. This is the original posting of that image but there aren't any details besides those given by OP. @MattGutting found a nun who ...


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It is very common for mission territory to be evangelized by religious orders; up until the end of Communist rule in Yugoslavia, for instance, only Franciscan friars were allowed to minister to Catholics in that country, so all parishes in Croatia and Slovenia (which are Catholic majority) were staffed by Franciscans. After that, a secular Bishop has been ...


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First you must understand that a religious order is exactly like an "enterprise" in the sense of a group of people teaming together toward some goal. All communities started as "startups", i.e. the founder, maybe a co-founder, a few early members and some advisors. They try to adress a problem, for ex. a social problem. Nobody believes in them at first, and ...


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Before going on into what is necessary to become a Jesuit, it must be understood that it is a clerical Order and as such is not open to women since women can not be ordained priests in the Catholic Church. The Jesuit Order is only permitted to have a small number of Brothers within the Order. St Ignatius desired to found an Order that would be able to be ...


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I can't answer directly from a Catholic point of view, but the identification of a calling to the priesthood in the Anglican church probably has some similarities. I also know people who have been called to religious communities. The key thing is that the identification of such a calling is done by the community. Thus you don't show up at a theological ...


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