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Old Aug 13, '13, 6:54 pm
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Default Extinct religious orders

Writing a paper for a summer course and kind of stuck.... Does anybody know of any religious orders which have gone extinct (no longer function/ existing)? If so, do you know where I can find out about them? I googled extinct religious orders and I didn't get anywhere :/
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Here is one (Order of Gilbertines): http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06556b.htm and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbertine_Order
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The Poor Knights of Christ, a.k.a. the Knights Templar. Claims by Freemasons notwithstanding.
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When a religious community no longer has sufficient members to be viable, they usually search for a compatible partner. Thus, a Franciscan community of sisters may merge into a larger Franciscan community, especially one that is "on the same page" in terms of contemporary issues, as well as the Franciscan or whatever charism of origin. Thus, in NY State Franciscan communities in various cities, that were independent orders, formed the Franciscans of the Neuwman communities, which in term absorbed at least one tiny independent Franciscan community, Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Child, that was dying out. In other areas, you have many now diminished Sisters of Mercy communities, that were independent, merging into a national confederation - in effect, one religious community across the US.

This is what you will find in most cases; the religious order does not go totally extinct, but retains some limited continuing identity in another similar order that goes on. To put it another way, what is happening now is often just a repeal of the splitting process that happened 100 years ago, when communities were bursting with women or men, and formed independent communities for various reasons, often geographic.
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Old Aug 14, '13, 10:58 pm
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I will see your bet and raise you.

Extinct, and resurfaced: the Brigittine monks of OUr Ladhy of Consolation abbey in Oregon. Last I heard, there were 9 monks, but I have not been by in a number of years.

The town of Amity is off the beaten path, and the abbey is off that not so beaten path.

And the fudge is addictive, even at the price.

Who knows, maybe that is why I have not gone by....
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Those Gilbertines sound pretty cool, maybe the Anglican Ordinariates could look into resurrecting them.
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Vallambrosians
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This is a complete index/list (with respective Superior Generals) of active Religious Orders.

This is a complete index/list of Former (defunct/extinct) Religious Orders.
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Old Aug 15, '13, 8:16 pm
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I'm wondering why you are asking others to do your homework for you. Think of words other than "extinct" to google, such as defunct, suppressed.

Are you restricting your research to the web?!

Are you going to cite Catholic Answers members as sources in your footnotes/bibliography?
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