lay brother

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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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Before the 1160s or 1170s, the distinction between monks (or nuns) and conversi (or conversae) had not yet become established; at this early stage a conversus was simply someone who had converted as an adult, and it would not be until later that conversus took on its meaning of the peasant laybrother who possessed, in practice, second-class status within the monastery.
12, 1945, he entered the Abbey of Our Lady of the Valley in Valley Falls, R.I, where he became a laybrother novice in 1946.
October 12, 1945 he entered the Abbey of Our Lady of the Valley in Valley Falls, Rhode Island, where be became a laybrother novice in 1946.
On November 21, 1953 he pronounced his first vows as a laybrother at St.
When he came upon a sickly beggar covered in ulcers, he gave him his own bed to sleep in, much to the dismay of the laybrothers. In one of his most famous quotes, he responded to their protests with the assertion that "compassion is preferable to cleanliness." Following his death in 1639, a cult to his memory swiftly developed and members of the religious and lay elite published a number of accounts of his life and deeds.
He retained the basic fabric of the east and west ranges of the former monastery, but rebuilt the south and north wings, the former probably on the site of the laybrothers' reredorter.