Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

COWL

A hood covering the head, worn by the monastic orders. In the Middle Ages the cloak had a hood attached to it that could be drawn over the head, and the cowl became a great cloak with a hood. The Benedictine and Cistercian cowl is a large mantle with a hood that can be thrown back over the shoulders. Franciscans have a smaller hood attached to their habit. Canons wear the cowl on their mozzetta, and bishops and cardinals on the cappa. Some cowls, like those of the Augustinians and Servites, are separate hoods. The color of the cowl is that of the habit. (Etym. Latin cuculla, monk's hood.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Another Month Closer to God 24 hours ago
Links to the past July 30
Fetal tissues and vaccinations; are you part of the problem? July 30
The mystery of conversion, always deeply rooted in Divine mercy July 30
Vatican delegations ought to avoid the rhetoric of the world. July 30

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days