Priory
Priory
A monastery whose superior is a prior.

Catholic Encyclopedia. . 2006.

Priory
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    A monastery whose superior is a prior. The Dominicans, Augustinian Hermits, Carthusians, Carmelites, Servites, and Brothers of Mercy call all their monasteries priories. The Benedictines and their offshoots, the Premonstratensians, and the military orders distinguish between conventual and simple or obedientiary priories. Conventual priories are those autonomous houses which have no abbots, either because the canonically required number of twelve monks has not yet been reached or for some other reason. The Congregation of Cluny had many conventual priories. There were likewise many conventual priories in Germany and Italy during the Middle Ages, and in England all monasteries attached to cathedral churches were known as cathedral priories. Nearly all the monasteries of the famous Maurist Congregation in France (seventeenth and eighteenth centuries) were called priories. At present the Benedictine Order has twenty-seven conventual priories. Simple or obedientiary priories are dependencies of abbeys. Their superior, who is subject to the abbot in everything, is called simple or obedientiary prior.
    For bibliography see PRIOR.
    MICHAEL OTT
    Transcribed by Herman F. Holbrook Ut in omnibus glorificetur Deus per Iesum Christum.

The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume VIII. — New York: Robert Appleton Company. . 1910.


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  • Priory — Pri o*ry, n.; pl. {Priories}. [Cf. LL. prioria. See {Prior}, n.] A religious house presided over by a prior or prioress; sometimes an offshoot of, an subordinate to, an abbey, and called also {cell}, and {obedience}. See {Cell}, 2. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • priory — late 13c., from Anglo Fr. priorie (mid 13c.), from M.L. prioria monastery governed by a prior, from L. prior (see PRIOR (Cf. prior) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • priory — *cloister, monastery, nunnery, convent, abbey …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • priory — ► NOUN (pl. priories) ▪ a monastery or nunnery governed by a prior or prioress …   English terms dictionary

  • priory — [prī′ə rē] n. pl. priories [ME < Anglo Fr priorie < ML prioria] a monastery governed by a prior, or a convent governed by a prioress, sometimes as a subordinate branch of an abbey SYN. CLOISTER …   English World dictionary

  • Priory — For other uses, see Priory (disambiguation). The Priory de Graville, France A priory is a house of men or women under religious vows that is headed by a prior or prioress. Priories may be houses of mendicant friars or religious sisters (as the… …   Wikipedia

  • priory — [[t]pra͟ɪ͟əri[/t]] priories N COUNT: oft in names after n A priory is a place where a small group of monks live and work together. ...Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island …   English dictionary

  • priory — UK [ˈpraɪərɪ] / US [ˈpraɪrɪ] noun [countable] Word forms priory : singular priory plural priories a building where the members of a Christian religious community live …   English dictionary

  • Priory — A house of canons regular; a monastery ruled by a *prior or a *convent by a prioress. Cf. Alien priory …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • priory — noun the sisters of this priory are famous for their spinning and weaving Syn: religious house, abbey, cloister; monastery, friary; convent, nunnery …   Thesaurus of popular words

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