lay sister


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lay sister

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(Ecclesiastical Terms) a woman who has taken the vows of a religious order but is not ordained and not bound to divine office
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A robust lay sister with a cheerful complexion emerged from a porter's lodge, and, on his stating his errand, pointed to the open door of the chapel, an edifice which occupied the right side of the court and was preceded by the high flight of steps.
In such a milieu "one's literacy determined whether a new postulant could become a choir nun or lay sister" (285), and one nun was so overwhelmed by the burden of literacy that she appealed for prayers to help her master cases and tenses.
Despite the explicit wishes of her parents, she resisted becoming a choir nun and instead became a lay sister.
(72) Christine Trimingham Jack, 'The Lay Sister in Educational History and Memory', History of Education, vol.2a, no.3, 2000, pp.181-194.
Beautiful and of prominent lineage, Mary Ward was destined for marriage but refused it, ultimately persuading her parents to allow her to clandestinely travel to Belgium where she could enter the convent as a lay sister of the Poor Clares.
The people who have symbolically or literally linked arms with me and swept me along or who've simply walked beside me are women religious, seminarians, priests, and precious lay sisters and brothers.
In the book and multimedia online publication, Sensual Encounters, Erika Lindgren examines how Dominican nuns and lay sisters located in six southern German houses during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries interpreted their surroundings and incorporated their sensory experiences into their spiritual and devotional lives.
As the laity has sprung to the support of the sisters, the sisters have realized in a new way how intimately connected their life has become to that of their lay sisters and brothers.
As family matriarchs, widows, or lay sisters, they ordered architecture and art objects appropriate to their characters.
Edmondson complained that some of the the competition was unfair, particularly the industrial laundries run by church and religious orders to rescue "fallen woman." Readers of the ILS familiar with the recent expose of the Magdalen laundries are aware of workers' conditions in such institutions, but Hearn's data on the difference between the time spent in the lay Protestant-run facilities, a limited time (usually nine month to two years) before they were placed in service or assisted to emigrate and the Magdalen asylums run by Catholic religious where the workers often stayed for their entire lives living as lower caste lay sisters are telling.
Weaver views the religious community as a "feminine subculture" (3) that united women behind the walls with their lay sisters who lived outside them, even after the post-Tridentine enforced enclosure of all convents.