Convents that sell products through Monastery Greetings
Convent of St. Elizabeth: Etna, California
Carmel of St. Joseph: Terre Haute, Indiana
Earth'n Sisters: Tiffin, Ohio
Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey: Dubuque, Iowa
Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi: Saint Francis, Wisconsin
What is a Convent?
A convent (Latin conventus, originally signifying an assembly of Roman citizens in the provinces for purposes of administration and justice) is either a community of priests, religious brothers, religious sisters, or nuns, or the building used by the community, particularly in the Roman Catholic Church and in the Anglican Communion. In modern English usage, "convent" almost invariably refers to a community of women, while "monastery," "priory" or "friary" are used for men; but in historical usage they are often interchangeable. Technically, a "monastery" is a community of monastics, whereas a "convent" is a community of mendicants ("friary" specifying a male community specifically), and a "canonry" a community of canons [regular]. The terms "abbey" and "priory" can be applied to both monasteries and canonries and distinguish those headed by an Abbot from the lesser dependent houses headed by a Prior. The word "convent" has two distinct technical meanings: A religious community of either sex when spoken of in its corporate capacity: The word was first used in this sense when the eremitical life began to be combined with the cenobitical. The hermits of an Eastern laura, living in separate cells grouped around that of their common superior, when spoken of collectively, were called a conventus. In Western monasticism the technical phrase abbas et conventus signifies to this day the entire community of a monastic establishment. The buildings in which resides a community of either sex: In this sense the word denotes more properly the home of a strictly monastic order, and is not correctly used to designate the home of what is called a congregation.