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  • Imitation is clearly directed toward persons called to the contemplative life, monks and nuns and semi-monastic groups like the Brethren.

    Desiderius Erasmus

  • The Brethren, a semi-monastic society of laymen, did have a community in Deventer and operated a youth hostel for boys from other towns who came to study there but did not control the school.

    Desiderius Erasmus

  • What is that congregation of buildings there, with a semi-monastic look, with chapels and halls and green playing-fields?

    Three Guineas

  • Instead, he'd had a brief fling with Nessa, then returned to his old semi-monastic habits.

    Arrow's Fall

  • The school life was semi-monastic, with a discipline of iron.


  • She was attired in her usual dark semi-monastic dress; but to this was now added the scrip, wallet, and tall crossheaded staff of the wandering pilgrim.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844

  • The missionary methods of the early Irish Church and its monastic or semi-monastic system are frequently referred to as peculiar, if not unique.

    Lives of SS Declan and Mochuda

  • To the semi-monastic origin of the colleges must be traced such rules as those enjoining on the fellows celibacy and the clerical status, which were in force until almost the close of the nineteenth century.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • The semi-monastic institution of the Beguinages (q. v.), small settlements in the heart of cities or just outside city walls, is a peculiar feature of religious life in the Netherlands.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • The indirect influence of religious institutions is discernible also in the semi-monastic features of colleges, some of which have survived to our own times, as the common life and obligatory attendance at chapel.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery


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