club, social_club, society, guild, gild, lodge, order
Meaning: a formal association of people with similar interests; "he joined a golf club"; "they formed a small lunch society"; "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"
To meet this necessity Vincent inaugurated a kind of guild for young priests who desire to live worthy of their vocation.
"They had served out their apprenticeships," the kindly old captain told them, "and were made free of the nautical guild from that time on." So it proved; for after these two bad days none of the party were sick again during the voyage.