NewMonasticism An interesting paper  I cam eon across browing recently.

‘Some of these resemble “third order” societies—whose members have a primary church commitment outside of the order, but who live according to the order’s Rule. Others function as primary church groups—ie. the community functions in all respects as a church, including pastoral care, the ministry of word and sacrament etc. Some are now well established and others comparatively new.

There is variety and diversity, not unlike in the type of monasticism present in Celtic Ireland and Britain.’