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4 hours ago, Count Claydus said:

Does anyone know of a religious order which is both contemplative of God and the Divine Mysteries and intellectual, studying the scriptures, fathers, and Saints? 

A lot of communities/orders/congregations fit that descrption. Including Dominicans, Benedictines, Jesuits, Carmelites ... the Franciscans are not known for study but  there's St Anthony who is a doctor of the church. It's always going to be a question of emphasis.  

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Dominicans do indeed spring to mind - I know a few who were permitted, and encouraged, to bring their personal libraries of books into the novitiate. They revel in contemplation of God through study.

On the other hand, a contemplative life almost always goes hand in hand with study of Sacred Scripture, the fathers, and such. Lillabettt is also right about this being common to many communities.

What's an example of emphasis? Take a Benedictine. (Please excuse me, any Benedictine lurkers, if I do not describe this well.) The lifeblood of the monk is the Divine Office and Mass, in community, suffusing each day. Daily lectio divina gives the mind opportunity to digest the psalms he sings and other texts, and to contemplate God through them. And then, according to his task in the monastery he may have study or some other labor as his particular work assigned by the abbot. But one does not go to the monastery in order to become an intellectual, one goes in order to prefer nothing to Christ by imitating him in obedience - which may or may not, according to the abbot's assessment of the community's needs and your needs, involve contemplative study in the end! It will vary from place to place, province to province.

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Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, CT.  The sing the Gregorian Chant in Latin. Many members with advanced degrees.  I  strongly suspect  that college is a requirement.

Benedictines and Dominicans in particular appear to support the life of the mind. The Benedictines still support a number of colleges and universities and would be happy to receive people who would like to teach there.  Their tendency to remain in place tends to support llarge institutions which in the past meant large libraries. They also support the arts and artists among their members.  This is not to say that other orders or charisms are not intellectual.

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On 8/17/2019 at 8:31 PM, Lilllabettt said:

A lot of communities/orders/congregations fit that descrption. Including Dominicans, Benedictines, Jesuits, Carmelites ... the Franciscans are not known for study but  there's St Anthony who is a doctor of the church. It's always going to be a question of emphasis.  

In regards to Franciscans in the USA, St Bonaventure and Franciscan University of Steubenville come to mind immediately. You can also reference the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities. There are Franciscans of all stripes teaching at the primary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate level. All of these endeavors require a commitment to study. 
 

A tremendous amount of Franciscan women are and have been involved in the distribution of health care, including nursing and hospital administration. These positions are not gained without a tremendous commitment to study. 
 

While some communities may be better know for their intellectual emphasis, study is far from absent in the Franciscan communities at large. 
 

Every community asses the community’s needs and the talents of individual members in decisions regarding continuing and advanced education programs. 

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