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(Third Orders Secular). Several RC orders, besides having rules for monks and nuns, have a so-called Third Rule (hence the term tertiaries), under which laymen (men and women) can join these orders; mems. are called Tertiaries, Lay Franciscans, etc.. See also Sisterhoods.

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