The Pauline Fathers and Brothers all wear a white monastic habit. It is the same for all monks, from a novice to general. It is usually received in the early months of the novitiate. A habit can be compared to a work uniform, but is definitely much more than that. Although it doesn’t have to be worn all the time, it is a major part of our lives. The religious habit shows forth an inner consecration. Religious profession sets a monk apart. He becomes a consecrated person. He belongs in a very particular way to God. Although the habit does not make the monk, the habit expresses fundamentally that the Monk is different. He lives a different life. He is called to live a life totally dedicated to God. He becomes a walking visible sign of the future life of heaven.
“Receive the robe of salvation and the mantle of righteousness, so that the spirit of our Fathers may enrich you with the abundance of charisms proper to our Order”
– (excerpt from the rite of the perpetual profession)
THE PAULINE HABIT
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ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS OF THE PAULINE HABIT
MANTLE – WHITE CLOAK
The Pauline Fathers and Brothers receive an ankle-length mantle – a white cloak, at the solemn profession. This mantle is officially part of our habit and is used at solemn liturgical and non-liturgical functions. It is used as a solemn choir dress, especially during processions.
SKULLCAP – ZUCHETTO
The order has the privilege of using a white skullcap. Any clothed member of the Order may make use of it. Although not universally popular, it is a distinctive part of our habit, which sets us apart from other orders.
A Pauline monk also receives a black cloak, which can be worn with the habit. This cloak, however, is not formally part of the habit.