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Find accurate definitions of over 5,000 Catholic terms and phrases (including abbreviations). Based on Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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A generic name that originally referred to all members of a religious community, but is now generally used to identify those men religious who do not or will not receive holy orders. The term is also applied in some institutes to students for the priesthood who are not yet ordained.

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