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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.

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  • It was thought plainly to betray him as a member of a religious order among the Roman Catholics.

    The Knight of the Golden Melice John Turvill Adams
  • When they were seated: “What religious order would be likely to accept me?”

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • He made me think of the head of a religious order who went wrong some years ago.

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly
  • I would hold on to my money—and found a religious order with it.

    The Ghost in the White House Gerald Stanley Lee
  • They repaired to the superior of the religious order, who received them kindly, and sent them both to a boarding school.

    What Shall I Be? Rev. Francis Cassily
  • I don't understand why, if she is married, she wears the dress of a religious order.

    The Mermaid Lily Dougall
  • But if the soul is saved by sacraments, duly administered and received, why go into a religious order to save the soul?

    Ten Great Religions James Freeman Clarke
  • The dress, however, was not strictly that of any religious order.

    The Watcher J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • In 1644 the island of Montreal was made over to the Sulpicians of Paris, and was destined for the support of that religious order.

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