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is a public promise, according to Catholic church law, usually received by the church during a worship service: to live a life consecrated to God according to the counsels of perfection of poverty, chastity, and obedience. The profession that is made in a religious order inducts the professing individual at the same time into the community. There is also a profession for individual forms of consecrated life (hermits [Monasticism: III], virgins, widows), which may refer only to particular parts of the counsels, a…

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Haering, Stephan, “Profession”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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