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cenobitism, coenobitism

the action of or motivation for becoming a member of a religious order living in a monastery or convent. — cenobite, n. — cenobitic, adj.
See also: Monks and Nuns
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18) Basil emphasizes the importance of work even more than Pachomius, the founder of cenobitism in the first half of the fourth century, and the first to introduce manual work as part of the spiritual life of the monastery: "He [Pachomius] assumes that those drawn to the cloister will be contemplatives.