Question of the Day for Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Q. What exactly is a third order, and what must a person do to become a member of one?
B.C., via email
A. Here is a reply from Father Francis Hoffman, J.C.D.:
A third order is typically an association of the lay faithful who try to live the spirit of a particular religious order. The most well-known third orders are the Carmelites, Dominicans and Franciscans. As an association of the faithful, the members can be male or female, married or single, young or old, but they at least must be a practicing Catholic, and they live at home and not in the convent or monastery, and work in the most diverse occupations as is fitting to their state as laypeople.
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