One of the two divisions of the clergy. Members of the regular clergy lived according to a codified rule (regula) and often lived a communal life. Originally, the monastic orders were the only members of the regular clergy, but it was later expanded to include others, including the mendicant orders. The other division of the clergy is the secular clergy.
Related term(s): Clergy; Secular; Regula; Mendicant
Category: Western Christianity
Source information: Singman, Jeffrey L. Daily Life in Medieval Europe. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1999. 11.