In Christianity, a group of men or women who live under religious vows. The three vows commonly taken are to relinquish all possessions and personal authority (vows of poverty and obedience) and not to engage in sexual relations (a vow of chastity). Religious orders are found in the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, and, although rarely, in Protestant churches. The Franciscans, Jesuits, and Trappists are religious orders.
The complexities within that religious order, renowned for its scholars and loyalty to the pope, make for a numbing leitmotif.
It was thought plainly to betray him as a member of a religious order among the Roman Catholics.
When they were seated: “What religious order would be likely to accept me?”
He made me think of the head of a religious order who went wrong some years ago.
I would hold on to my money—and found a religious order with it.
They repaired to the superior of the religious order, who received them kindly, and sent them both to a boarding school.
I don't understand why, if she is married, she wears the dress of a religious order.
But if the soul is saved by sacraments, duly administered and received, why go into a religious order to save the soul?
The dress, however, was not strictly that of any religious order.
In 1644 the island of Montreal was made over to the Sulpicians of Paris, and was destined for the support of that religious order.