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lay brother

n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a man who has taken the vows of a religious order but is not ordained and not bound to divine office
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Here, too, would gather the simple folk of the countryside, the fishermen and farmers, the lay brothers and helpers who shared the work of the monastery.
Another lay brother led a sumpter mule, loaded probably with his superior's baggage; and two monks of his own order, of inferior station, rode together in the rear, laughing and conversing with each other, without taking much notice of the other members of the cavalcade.
There the Abbot, an excellent manager of merchant origin, received Sergius simply and quietly and placed him in Hilary's cell, at first assigning to him a lay brother but afterwards leaving him alone, at Sergius's own request.
By including details of those who left monastic life, as well as lay brothers, Dr Kelly has also found the number of Benedictines during this time is nearly a third larger than previously thought.
MORE than 500 graves of Cistercian monks and lay brothers have been discovered at one of the largest monastic ruins in the country.
VATICAN CITY * In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI asked the Vatican's congregation for religious to draft an instruction to underline the importance of the vocation of lay brothers, especially given "the challenges they must face" in today's world, said Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, secretary of the congregation.
My dear lay brothers and sisters: in you I greet the heirs of the Catholic faith that is deeply rooted in the tradition and culture of the Filipino people.
These would have kept the lay brothers and monks stocked with meat and eggs in the lean months.
In 1332 there were 34 monks and eight lay brothers, but within 50 years their numbers had reduced to 14 monks and one lay brother.
There were 561 Lay brothers and 2961 Religious Sisters.
Father Frank leaves his uncles John and Sebastian Liistro his aunt Mary (Liistro) Pepi, and his aunt Rita (Mirmina) Liistro, along with numerous cousins, friends, brothers in the clergy, and his consecrated and lay brothers and sisters in ministry.