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Coenobites and Hermits

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Coenobites are those monks (the vast majority) that live in community and sleep in dormitories (or at least used to). Hermits live alone, though are supported by a community of brothers who are traditionally coenobites. Silence is orthogonal to this distinction, as the Trappists (a reform of the Cistercians, who are coenobites), are hardly talkative.

I’ve obviously misremembered Fr. Bernard’s history, as I’d thought1 he’d been a Cistercian for 20 years and then a Carthusian for 10. Instead, he’d been a Cistercian (coenobite) for 12 and a Carthusian (hermit) for 20 at the time I knew him.




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