* Mendicant orders: orders founded by friars or nuns who live from alms, recite the divine office, and have active participation in apostolic endeavors.
* Canons Regular: orders founded by canons and canonesses regular who recite the divine office and generally are in charge of a parish.
* Clerks Regular: orders founded by priests who are also religious men with vows and have a very active apostolic life.
Their intention is to imitate Jesus more closely, mainly, but not exclusively, by observing evangelical chastity, poverty, and obedience, which are the three evangelical counsels of perfection (cf. canons 599–601 ). They bind themselves to this form of living by taking public vows in accordance with the norms of church law. They may additionally... Read More