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.


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.


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


Meandering can make for both
a good friar
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  
Anonymous Anonymous 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:



12:42 PM  
Anonymous MM said...

cool interesting to know

4:19 PM  

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