Basilian Rule

Also known as

  • Rule of Saint Basil


Comprises instructions dealing with the guiding principles of monastic life, rather than specific regulations concerning its organization and administration; such details it leaves to individual superiors, treating rather of the spirit which should inform monastic foundations. A great variety of observances in the East traditionally followed this Rule which, enriched by the decisions of councils, formed a bond of unity between the numerous monasteries (see Basilians). The Rule, drawn up in the catechetical manner, the questions presenting virtues to be practised or vices to be avoided, the replies generally containing a Scriptural reference, is divided into two parts: the “Greater” and the “Lesser.” Translated into Latin by Rufinus as a single Rule, it was followed as such by some Western monasteries.

MLA Citation

  • “Basilian Rule”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 June 2013. Web. 17 December 2018. <>