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  • n. In certain Catholic (notably Benedictine) congregations, the title of the general superior, ranking above all other abbots, vested in a particular abbey, which hence is called an archabbey (usually its motherhouse, such as Beuron, which gave its name to a Benedictine congregation).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A chief abbot: applied as a specific title to the head of certain monasteries.


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arch- + abbot


  • The house is the centraI home of all the monks of the Hungarian congregation; its superior, the archabbot, is a prelate "nullius", immediately subject to the Holy See, Ordinary of the Diocese, perpetual President of the Benedictine Congregation of Hungary, and a member of the House of Magnates of the kingdom.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • March, the abbey and its colleges were reopened in deference to the general desire of the nation, and an archabbot was appointed in the person of Dom Chrysostom Novak.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • General statistics of the diocese (1911): bishop, 1; archabbot, 1; diocesan priests, 353; regular, 145; churches with resident priests,

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Having mastered this democratic, conscience-is-king tabloid version of Catholicism, Weakland quickly rose through the Monastic ranks, first becoming archabbot of St. Vincent's in 1963, consulter to the Consilium on liturgical music changes due to Vatican II in 1964, and lastly, the abbot primate of the entire Benedictine Order in 1967.

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  • He was well known for leaving meetings if he thought there was a lot of hot air, "the archabbot said. - News

  • As an alumnus of St. Vincent College (1967), I am both embarrassed and outraged at the treatment of Father Mark Gruber by the archabbot and the college ( "St. Vincent Bars Priest, - News


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