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sisterhood:

see monasticismmonasticism
, form of religious life, usually conducted in a community under a common rule. Monastic life is bound by ascetical practices expressed typically in the vows of celibacy, poverty, and obedience, called the evangelical counsels.
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sisterhood

a religious body or society of sisters, esp a community, order, or congregation of nuns
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Other letters were written for me by my valued fellow-workers, the sisterhood at the Mothers'-Small-Clothes.
But we may safely leave these brethren and sisterhood to settle their own congenialities.
Help one another, is part of the religion of our sisterhood, Fan."
She was well known to the doctor as a trustworthy and careful person, who had nursed his own wife; and she would be assisted, from time to time, by a lady who was a member of a religious Sisterhood in the district, and whose compassionate interest had been warmly aroused in the case.
All the other Isanusis, male and female, sat down in a half-moon facing the king, but this woman drew forward, and with her came nine of her sisterhood. They turned east and west, north and south, searching the heavens; they turned east and west, north and south, searching the earth; they turned east and west, north and south, searching the hears of men.
Some studied how to watch the tender buds, when to spread them to the sunlight, and when to shelter them from rain; how to guard the ripening seeds, and when to lay them in the warm earth or send them on the summer wind to far off hills and valleys, where other Fairy hands would tend and cherish them, till a sisterhood of happy flowers sprang up to beautify and gladden the lonely spot where they had fallen.
Henri began to take a new footing in the school; her mental power, manifested gradually but steadily, ere long extorted recognition even from the envious; and when the young and healthy saw that she could smile brightly, converse gaily, move with vivacity and alertness, they acknowledged in her a sisterhood of youth and health, and tolerated her as of their kind accordingly.
The Catholic Church's Association of Sisterhoods of Kenya which is raising the money said it is for building of classrooms, hostels, staff quarters, perimeter wall and furnishing and fittings."In light of the increased need and demand to train more religious leaders on the various skills required to support their works across the country," the association said in a statement.
Others proffer glimpses of sisterhoods politically located and produced, bonds transformed by the social milieu.
In New York, say Felicia Herman and Karla Goldman, the conflict stirred up by the woman's rights movement undercut community support for the sisterhoods of personal service.
Sisterhoods renounced the belief that sexual immorality was a unique offence against the moral order, one that resulted in irredeemable degeneration of the character.
Power of Sisterhood: Women Religious Tell the Story of the Apostolic Visitation.