English Monastic Life – Austin Friars, or Hermits

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The body of Austin Friars took its historical origin in the union of several existing bodies of friars effected in A.D. 1265 by Pope Clement IV. They were regarded as belonging to the ranks of the mendicant friars and not to the monastic Order. They were very widely spread, and in Europe in the sixteenth century they are said to have possessed three thousand convents, in which were thirty thousand friars; besides three hundred convents of nuns. In England at the time of the dissolution they had some thirty-two friaries.

MLA Citation

  • Dom Adrian Gasquet. “Austin Friars, or Hermits”. English Monastic Life, 1904. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 November 2018. Web. 19 April 2021. <>