Monasticism Monasticism from Greek , monachos, derived from , monos, alone or monkhood is a religious way of life in which one renounces worldly pursuits to devote oneself fully to spiritual work Monastic life plays an important role in many Christian churches, especially in the Catholic and Orthodox traditions Similar forms of religious life also exist in other faiths, most Trappists The Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance OCSO Ordo Cisterciensis Strictioris Observantiae is a Catholic religious order of cloistered contemplative monastics who follow the Rule of Saint Benedict.A branch of the Cistercian Order, they have communities of both monks and nuns that are referred to as Trappists and Trappistines, respectively. CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA Monasticism NEW ADVENT Monasticism or monachism, literally the act of dwelling alone Greek monos, monazein, monachos , has come to denote the mode of life pertaining to persons living in seclusion from the world, under religious vows and subject to a fixed rule, as monks, friars, nuns, or in general as religious.The basic idea of monasticism in all its varieties is seclusion or withdrawal from the world or society. Order of Saint Benedict OSB DOT ORG The monastic community of Bose has conducted its th International Ecumenical Symposium of Orthodox Spirituality on the theme of Discernment and Christian Life, in the spirit of deepening the communion shared between members of the Body of Christ as well as among the Churches. Monastic Way Joan Chittister Benetvision Online version available . year For details and to subscribe to ONLINE version including gift options CLICK HERE It s important to remember that the monk Saint Benedict was a layperson who called other laypeople to live differently, Sister Joan Chittister reminds us. An Infinity of Little Hours Five Young Men and Their An Infinity of Little Hours Five Young Men and Their Trial of Faith in the Western World s Most Austere Monastic Order Nancy Klein Maguire on FREE shipping on qualifying offers In , five young men arrived at the imposing gates of Parkminster, the largest center of the most rigorous and ascetic monastic order in the Western world the Carthusians. Benedictine Order Aedificium The oldest monastic communities in England belong to the Benedictine order The order takes its name from the set of laws that governs member communities, the Rule of St Benedict.Composed by Benedict of Nursia in the sixth century, the Rule details the laws by which a community of cenobites should live, including its organization, daily routine, correction of wayward members, ownership of The Monastic Diurnal The Day Hours of the Monastic The Monastic Diurnal The Day Hours of the Monastic Breviary in Latin and English Saint Michael s Abbey on FREE shipping on qualifying offers A republication of the edition of the Benedictine hours of Prime, Lauds, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of Australia The Monastic Grades When one desiring the monastic life enters a monastery, he normally passes through three steps or stages Probationer Novice including Riasaphor , Monk of the Lesser Schema Cross bearer or Stavrophore , and Monk of the Great Schema Russian Skhimnik. Knights Templar Crystalinks Organization The Templars were organized as a monastic order similar to Bernard s Cistercian Order, which was considered the first effective international organisation in Europe.