October 04, 2007

St. Francis and the Franciscans: NOT monks, but FRIARS!

Monks (Benedictines, for example) take a vow, called stability, that makes them members of one particular monastery for life.

Franciscans (like Dominicans) are all friars ; they do not make a vow of stability, and so they belong to a whole geographical province, not to one house in the province. Throughout their lives, friars can be transferred from house to house within the province.


10 Comments:

Blogger Web said...

So the difference between friars and monks is that monks don't meander?

8:55 AM  
Anonymous California Girl said...

Wow--I always wondered what the difference is. Thanks for explaining it.

A follow-up question--if a community house of monks a called a monastery, what is a community house of friars called?

12:51 PM  
Blogger Thursday said...

Lol reminds me of a quote I once heard by a Franciscan Friar of the renewal, "We're monks on wheels!"

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Father. I often correct people about this distinction. I hate hearing of Franciscan monasteries and monks when neither is correct. Definitely different gifts to the Church are monks and friars.

Katherine
Oblate

12:55 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Web,

Meandering can make for both
a good friar
and
a bad monk.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

California Girl,

The word is "friary."

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

I saw some packaged chicken parts in a supermarket once labled as a "fryer". What's that supposed to mean?

11:21 AM  
Blogger Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Hey perhaps i should take a vow of 'mood stability!' lol

6:10 AM  
Blogger Mephibosheth said...

Our local paper got it right this weekend:

http://andalsowithyou.blogspot.com/2007/10/speaking-of-pets.html

Frank
Tertiary

12:42 PM  
Anonymous MM said...

cool interesting to know

4:19 PM  

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