- a member of a religious community of men typically living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
- synonyms: brother, religious, cenobite, contemplative, mendicant; friar; abbot, prior; novice, oblate, postulant; lama, marabout..."the monks teach a class in organic gardening" The term is said to be from the Greek word mono meaning alone or monakhos meaning solitary
If a monk is a member of a religious community of men why would he be considered solitary or alone?
'Monasticism' is literally the act of 'dwelling alone' according to some. A monk is someone who has separated himself from what might be called the "world". Since he often lived in a community being alone did not mean he was not with others. A historical look at Monasticism with hope of looking at where many monastics strayed from Christ's principles.
Should monks take a vow of celibacy?
Did the church go wrong in the formation of Abbeys and other forms of monastic life?
Modern Monastic life
Is a look at modern Abbeys and monasteries including a review of August Turak businessman's perspective of the Trappist monks at Mepkin Abbey.
Also contains a video of 5 volunteer testing life at Worth Abbey in England.
The_Rule_of_ColumbanusCeltic monastic rule
Married Monks |
Lost Monks |
Modern Monastic life | Orders | Religious Orders | Rules of St Benedict |
Churches | Levites | Breeches | Vow of poverty | All things common
Elder | Deacon | Liturgy | Priests | Eucharist | Bishop | Minister |
Diocletianic Persecution | Christian conflict | Daily ministration |