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- Describes active religious communities
- Communities whose mission includes ministry in the world, such as social work, pastoral work, or health care


- The particular focus and spirit of a religious community

Greek word for charisma

- gift


- A meeting of all members of a religious congregation to discuss and decide on policy, leadership, and direction of the congregation


- Describes religious communities that focus primarily on prayer, rather than on active ministry

Most contemplative communities follow what rule?

- The Rule of Saint Benedict


- Describes certain contemplative communities that have limited access to the outside world


- The process of praying and reflecting on God's call


- The process of education and spiritual development that takes place during the early months or years of joining a religious community


- A man or woman taking part in the initial stage of entering a religious community


- A man or woman requesting and still discerning membership into a religious community, before becoming a novice


- The religious rite in which a person formally enters a religious community

spiritual director

- One who meets periodically with another to counsel and encourage that person to deepen and strengthen his or her relationship with God

The Rite for Ordination

- The ceremony in which the bishop lays hands on the man being ordained, the ordination prayer, and the anointing of his hands


- The conferring of holy orders on a deacon, priest, or bishop


- Institute of higher study and spiritual and ministerial formation for men who are preparing for ordination to the priesthood

community life

- The shared living and prayer of religious, who also often work in common ministries

contemplative communities

- Religious order groups who focus on prayer and work within the community setting


- Solemn promises
- For religious, usually poverty, chastity, and obedience

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