"At the 1945 centennial observance of the revival of the religious life, a count revealed that 'the actual number of religious now living under vows in the Anglican Communion far exceeds the number driven out under Henry the Eighth'. A 1991 count revealed that there are over 150 orders living in some 300 monasteries and convents throughout the Anglican Communion. Clearly, the Reformation was not the final word on Protestant monasticism; the restless, ineradicable yearning for God continues to draw Episcopal women and men to the religious life. What began a hundred and fifty years ago as desperately needed social work performed by women and men living under monastic vows has evolved into an established 'fringe' within the Episcopal Church" (p. 17-18).
Contents: Part I -- Part II -- Notes -- Works Consulted.
Author is "a writer who lives in Maine". -- back page.