What is a Monk?

A monk is a member of a community of men, leading a contemplative life apart from the world, under the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, according to a rule characteristic of the particular order to which he belongs. They … Continue Reading >>

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What is a Diocesan Priest?

These are priests who join a diocese or archdiocese. They have lifelong commitments to celibacy and obedience to their Bishop. Generally they minister within the geographic confines of their (arch)diocese. They have the primary responsibility of meeting the religious needs … Continue Reading >>

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What is the average age for a woman entering a religious order?

According to a study in 1994-95, the average age for those entering the first stage, the pre-novitiate, is 29.5, and for temporary profession, 33.6. This is older than in the past.

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What is the average age for a man entering the seminary or a religious order?

According to the study entitled, “Seminarians in the Nineties,” the average age for seminarians in 1993 was 32, whereas it was 25 in 1966; it notes that religious order seminarians tend to be somewhat older than diocesan seminarians.

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