Religious orders are communities of consecrated believers who live a common life following a religious rule under the leadership of a religious superior. Members of a religious order may be clergy (ordained priests) or laity, depending on the rule of the order. Some orders pursue a monastic lifestyle marked by a strict enclosure separating them from the world while others are engaged with the larger community of the faith, often performing works like operating schools and hospitals, providing charity to the poor, and serving as missionaries.
There are many religious orders in France; only a handful of the most significant are detailed here.
Religious orders —
- Order of St Benedict (Benedictines)
- Order of Preachers (Dominicans)
- Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
- Order of St Augustine (Augustinians)
- Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans)
- Order of Friars Minor Capuchin (Capuchins)
- Society of the Oratory of Jesus (Oratorians)
- Order of the Holy Trinity (Trinitarians)
- Order of St Bruno (Carthusians)
- Order of the Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Carmlites)
- Company of St Ursula (Ursulines)
- Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary (Visitandines)
- Congregation of Our Lady of Calvary (Daughters of Calvary)