Religious order

The Priory of St. Wigbert is a Lutheran monastery in the Benedictine tradition

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 laypeople and, in some orders, clergy. Religious orders exist in many of the world's religions.


In Buddhist societies, a religious order is one of the number of monastic orders of monks and nuns, many of which follow under a different school of teaching, such as Thailand's Dhammayuttika order - a monastic order founded by King Mongkut (Rama IV). A well-known Chinese Buddhist order is the ancient Shaolin order in Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism and in modern times the Order of Hsu Yun.

Other Languages
беларуская: Манаскі ордэн
български: Монашески орден
brezhoneg: Urzh leaned
čeština: Řád (církev)
eesti: Ordu
emiliàn e rumagnòl: Urdin religiùs
Esperanto: Ordeno (eklezio)
français: Ordre religieux
Gaeilge: Ord Rialta
한국어: 수도회
Bahasa Indonesia: Ordo keagamaan
latviešu: Mūku ordenis
Lëtzebuergesch: Uerden (Relioun)
Limburgs: Kloasterorde
Nederlands: Kloosterorde
日本語: 修道会
پښتو: رهبانيت
polski: Zakon
português: Ordem religiosa
Simple English: Religious order
slovenčina: Rehoľný rád
slovenščina: Cerkveni red
українська: Чернечий орден