• Greek: monos, alone


A dwelling place of religious who live in seclusion. The term applies principally to the houses of such religious as lead a contemplative life and recite the divine office in common. It is opposed to a convent or residence, terms used to indicate the houses of religious devoted principally to the active life. The term monastery, is used for houses of both male and female religious.

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MLA Citation

  • “monastery”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 November 2018. Web. 25 January 2022. <>