Exploring New Monastic Communities

Stefania Palmisano Exploring New Monastic Communities: The (Re)invention of Tradition (Ashgate AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Series)  Routledge; Revised edition, 2016

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Examining the recent radical re-invention of monastic tradition in the everyday life of New Monastic Communities, Exploring New Monastic Communities considers how, growing up in the wake of Vatican II, new Catholic communities are renewing monastic life by emphasizing the most innovative and disruptive theological aspects which they identify in the Council. Despite freely adopting and adapting their Rule of Life, the new communities do not belong to pre-existing orders or congregations: they are gender-mixed with monks and nuns living under the same roof; they accept lay members whether single, married or as families; they reject enclosure; they often limit collective prayer time in order to increase time for labour, evangelization and voluntary social work; and are actively involved in oecumenical and interreligious dialogue, harbouring thinly-veiled sympathy with oriental religions, from which they sometimes adopt beliefs and practices. Offering unique sociological insights into New Monastic Communities, and shedding light on questions surrounding New Religious Movements more generally, the book asks what ‘monastic’ means today and whether these communities can still be described as ‘monastic’.

Stefania Palmisano is Associate Professor, Department of Cultures, Politics and Society, University of Turin, Italy

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