third orders

   This term refers to people who are affiliated with a religious order. Such members may be (1) regularmembers in the sense that they are members who live in a religious community and take vows, or (2) lay or secular members, who usually do not live in community but promise to live according to the spirit of the order and to participate in itsministries to the extent possible.

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