Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
Among the Romanists, illiterate persons, who devote themselves at some convent to the service of the religious. They wear a different habit from that of the religious, but never enter into the choir, nor are present at the chapters; nor do they make any other vow than that of constancy and obedience.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Lay-Brothers'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/l/lay-brothers.html. 1802.