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  • a member of a religious community of men typically living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
  • synonyms: brother, religious, cenobite, contemplative, mendicant; friar; abbot, prior; novice, oblate, postulant; lama, marabout..."the monks teach a class in organic gardening" The term is said to be from the Greek word mono meaning alone or monakhos meaning solitary

If a monk is a member of a religious community of men why would he be considered solitary or alone?

'Monasticism' is literally the act of 'dwelling alone' according to some. A monk is someone who has separated himself from what might be called the "world". Since he often lived in a community being alone did not mean he was not with others. A historical look at Monasticism with hope of looking at where many monastics strayed from Christ's principles.

Married Monks
Should monks take a vow of celibacy?

Lost Monks
Did the church go wrong in the formation of Abbeys and other forms of monastic life?

Modern Monastic life
Is a look at modern Abbeys and monasteries including a review of August Turak businessman's perspective of the Trappist monks at Mepkin Abbey.
Also contains a video of 5 volunteer testing life at Worth Abbey in England.

Rules of St Benedict

The_Rule_of_ColumbanusCeltic monastic rule

Mepkin Abbey

Monks | Minister | Titular Servants | Elder | Deacon | Bishop | Overseer |
ordain | appoint | Orders | Religious Orders | Rules of St Benedict |
Married Monks | Mendicant | Lost Monks | Monasticism | Modern Monastic life |
Churches | Levites | Vow of poverty | All things common | Guidelines |
Liturgy | Priests | Eucharist | Daily ministration | Christian conflict |
Diocletianic Persecution | Altars | Fringes | Breeches | Red heifer | Sabbath |