Third Orders

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Etymology

  • First order: men living a full religious life under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
  • Second order: women living a full religious life under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
  • Third order: laity participating as much as possible in the spirituality of an order but remaining in the world.

Examples

  • Dominicans
  • Franciscans
  • Carmelites

There is no 'Third Order' of Jesuits--nor any 'Second Order,' either.

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