Confederated congregations of monasteries founded in the sixth century by Saint Benedict and following his rule.
The monastic way of life is nicely presented on You Tube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJFZ-fcxq4c&feature=related . Written information is available at www.osb.org . , Written material on the secular Benedictines, called “Oblates” can be found on www.saintbenedict.org. Anglicans and Lutherans and other also adopt Benedictine spirituality and publish blogs, as is evident at www.oblatespring.com .