Strictly speaking, a religious order is a Church-approved congregation vowing poverty, chastity, and obedience that follows one of the four approved religious rules:
Rule of St. Basil (356 AD)
Rule of St. Benedict (530 AD)
Rule of St. Augustine (423 AD)
Rule of St. Francis of Assisi (1223 AD)
The Church has guaranteed that anyone abiding by these rules ...
What is a Friar and what do they do?
Friars and monks are very similar yet quite different.
While in the seminary, there was a popular joke that at one time made the rounds.
Who is the best cook in a monastery?
That would be the chip monk!
Who is the best cook in a friary?
That would be the deep friar!
Let us start with a basic definition shall we.