An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church


1) The individual room or hut of a nun, monk, friar, or hermit. This room or dwelling is usually furnished in a very simple manner. The term is from the Latin cella, “little room” or “hut.” 2) A religious house that is an offshoot from a large religious community. This cell or colony remains dependent on the mother house. This practice originated in the Benedictine order. 3) A small group of Christians who meet frequently for prayer, study, and mutual encouragement. Cell members are typically lay people who seek to share the Christian faith in the secular world.

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from “An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians,” Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.