An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Religious House

A place of residence for a religious community or a branch house operated by or for a religious order. The term may be used as a synonym for a monastery or convent, but it normally denotes a place of prayer or retreat which may or may not be administered by a religious community. The House of the Redeemer in New York City and the DeKoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin, are religious houses under “secular” or diocesan oversight.

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.