The Kinds of Monastics - Part 2

There are clearly four kinds of monastics. – RB 1:1

The second kind of monastic Benedict mentions in the Rule is the anchorite, a label derived from a Greek word meaning “to withdraw.”

Anchorites (hermits) are drawn from the ranks of cenobites. Living in community is the period of preparation for the solitary life and the solitary life manifests a heightened progression of the values of community living. The two are interdependent. Benedict sees the anchorite emerging from the cenobitic community and insists that they live in community for a long time as a period of real purification.