A skete is a community of
Christian hermits following a monastic rule, allowing them to worshipin comparative solitude, while also affording them a level of mutual practical support and security.
A skete usually has a common area of
worship(a churchor a chapel), with individual hermitages, or small houses for a small number of monks or nuns.
In the early tradition of
Christianity, the skete was one form of monastic life, forming a bridge between the cenobium(community of monks or nuns living together) and the isolated hermitage (solo monks and nuns). In the early church, once steps began to be taken to further religious ascetiscism by giving it organised forms, men and women aspiring to be hermits or anchorites, might first be sent to the skete in preparation – the skete acted as almost a 'halfway house' between the cenobium and total solitude.
The term "skete" has fallen out of use in Western Christianity; however, the eremitic communal life of the
Carthusian, Camaldolese, and Carmelitehermits is similar to that in the Eastern Christiantradition.
Community of Hermits of St. Bruno
* [http://www.newsketemonks.com/ New Skete - a skete for monks]
* [http://stmichaelsskete.org St. Michael's Skete, New Mexico]
* [http://www.societystjohn.com/vocations/vocations.html Holy Transfiguration Skete of the Society of St. John]
* [http://www.chartreux.org/ Carthusian Order]
* [http://www.carmelitehermits.org/ Carmelite Hermits]
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