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The Olivetans
While Benedictines are more commonly dressed in black, there is an exception born in Italy. At the beginning of the 14th century, a Sienese nobleman founded the congregation of Saint-Mary of Mt-Olivet. The monks follow the Rule of Saint Benedict but adopt the white habit. They are then called Olivetan Benedictines or white Benedictines in connection to the mother abbey. In America there are a few convents for Olivetan nuns.  

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