A few weeks later the monks laid siege to a Muslim-owned abattoir in Colombo to halt the slaughter of cattle.
In fact, the name La Paulée draws from the French word for frying pan, poêle, from which food prepared by the monks was served.
And two years ago, Thai police arrested a group of monks robbing graves to make "love talismans".
Altogether, the monks, the Dukes, and the winemakers created a microcosm the influence of which can still be felt today.
The government of Colombia decided to loan the 28,000 square meter fixer-upper to a fraternity of hermetic Benedictine monks.
The walk nearest the church is where the monks are supposed to spend the time allotted for pious meditation.
Thus the monastery would be enriched and all the monks get fat.
The monks were the "regulars" who formed the spiritual nobility and not the ruling class in the hierarchy.
Amongst other services the monks rendered was the cultivation of learning and knowledge.
But in India the whole Buddhistic Order of monks passed away.
Old English munuc "monk" (used also of women), from Proto-Germanic *muniko- (cf. Old Frisian munek, Middle Dutch monic, Old High German munih, Ger. Mönch), an early borrowing from Vulgar Latin *monicus (source of French moine, Spanish monje, Italian monaco), from Late Latin monachus "monk," originally "religious hermit," from Ecclesiastical Greek monakhos "monk," noun use of a classical Greek adjective meaning "solitary," from monos "alone" (see mono-). For substitution of -o- for -u-, see come.
In England, before the Reformation, the term was not applied to the members of the mendicant orders, who were always called friars. From the 16th c. to the 19th c., however, it was usual to speak of the friars as a class of monks. In recent times the distinction between the terms has been carefully observed by well-informed writers. In French and Ger. the equivalent of monk is applied equally to 'monks' and 'friars.' [OED]