From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
A religious order is a lineage of communities and organizations of people who live in some way set apart from society in accordance with their specific religious devotion, usually characterized by the principles of its founder's religious practice. The order is composed of initiates (laity) and, in some traditions, ordinated clergies. Religious orders exist in many of the world's religions.
- Anglican religious order
- Christian monasticism
- Consecrated life
- Consecrated life (Catholic Church)
- Degrees of Eastern Orthodox monasticism
- Eastern Christian Monasticism
- Order of St. Luke (Methodist)
- Order of Watchers, an association of French Protestant hermits.
- Roman Catholic religious order
- Vocational discernment in the Catholic Church