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 Trappists, officially the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance Latin Ordo Cisterciensis Strictioris Observantiae, abbreviated as OCSO , are a Catholic religious order of cloistered monastics that branched off from the Cistercians.They follow the Rule of Saint Benedict and 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 In mid January , the governing body of the Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum CIB , the worldwide association of female Benedictine monastic communities, met at the Benedictine Abtei St Scholastika in Dinklage, Germany. The Monastic Way by Joan Chittister 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 Knights Templar Crystalinks The Knights Templar The Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon Latin Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Solomonici , commonly known as the Knights Templar, the Order of the Temple French Ordre du Temple or Templiers or simply as Templars, were among the most famous of the Western Christian military orders. CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA Tonsure NEW ADVENT Latin tondere, to shear A sacred rite instituted by the Church by which a baptized and confirmed Christian is received into the clerical order by the shearing of his hair and the investment with the surplice.The person thus tonsured becomes a partaker of the common privileges and obligations of the clerical state and is prepared for the reception of orders.