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- n. a group of person living under a religious rule
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This article and its two accompanying articles, EASTERN MONASTICISM and WESTERN MONASTICISM, deal with the monastic order strictly so called as distinct from the "religious orders" such as the friars, canons regular, clerks regular, and the more recent congregations.
He was, of course, a little known saint … Theodore the Forgiven, twelfth century A.D., northern Iberia, founded a monastic order originally called the Holy Brothers of Theodore, whose monks were so greatly loved by the populace that they became familiarly known as the Holy Neds.