Third Orders


I’m interested in learning more about the different third orders. What are the charisms that each religious order emphasizes?



Some threads you may find helpful:

Religious orders and Sprituality/Charisms (Aug. 2008)

Lay/Secular/Third Orders, Oblates, & Confraternities (Aug. 2007)




It might be good to contact your vocation’s office in you parish or diocese (if there is).

I do not know why you are asking but if it is for the purpose of vocational discernment I personally do not think proper discernment can be done online. You might need a personal guide and spiritual director. I will be praying for you.


Benedictine oblates are lay men and women (including married and singles) who live a contemplative life of seeking God. That charism, seeking God, is pursued in a life of following the Rule of Saint Benedict written about 530 AD. Benedictine spirituality includes a balance of prayer and work, thus appealing to many who live in the world.

If you have any questions, please let me know.


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