The life of a recluse is still more solitary and austere than that of a hermit; it implies that the persons practising it “live for ever shut up in their cells, never speaking to anyone but to the superior when he visits them, and to the brother who brings them necessaries. Their prayers and austerities are doubled, and their fasts more severe and more frequent.”

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “recluse”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 November 2019. Web. 3 March 2021. <>