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date: 19 October 2019


The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
F. L. CrossF. L. Cross, E. A. LivingstoneE. A. Livingstone

A cleric having a defined administrative authority delegated to him by the bishop in the whole or part of the diocese. The territory assigned to him is known as an archdeaconry and gives him a territorial title, e.g. ‘Archdeacon of Lindsey’. In the C of E and other Churches of the Anglican Communion an archdeacon is styled ‘Venerable’. The duties of archdeacons vary widely but they usually include a general disciplinary supervision of the clergy of their archdeaconry and a more particular care over the temporal administration of its ecclesiastical property. Thus they usually ... ...

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