A man who has taken the vows of a religious order but is not ordained or obliged to take part in the full cycle of liturgy and is employed in ancillary or manual work.
- One of the monks, an elderly lay brother named Luc, was a medical doctor who ran a clinic for the impoverished locals.
- He came from Toledo and was a famous painter of still lifes there by 1603 when he professed as a lay brother in the Carthusian order and moved to Granada.
- It became one of the largest Cistercian houses, with 140 monks, 240 lay brothers, and at least as many again servants.
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