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LAURA

A series of hermitages clustered around a monastery. Also the type of life lived by monks in those hermitages or even the shops along a street in the neighborhood of a monastery. The monks in a laura lived in their own cells and came together at given times for special duties, which made it a combination of eremitical and community life. Although most lauras have disappeared, one of the best known in modern times is connected with the Orthodox monasteries on Mount Athos.

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

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