from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The district or churches under the jurisdiction of a bishop; a bishopric.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A district or division of a country; a province: now obsolete except when used with reference to Norway, an episcopal diocese (stift) of which, as a geographical division of the country, is sometimes regarded as a province, though it has no provincial civil administration.
- noun Under the Roman empire after Diocletian and Constantine, a subdivision of a prefecture, comprising a number of provinces; hence, a corresponding extent of territory as an ecclesiastical division, including a number of provinces or eparchies, each province again containing a number of parœciæ, which themselves finally came to be called dioceses in the following (modern) sense.
- noun The district, with its population, falling under the pastoral care of a bishop.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Eccl.) The circuit or extent of a bishop's jurisdiction; the district in which a bishop exercises his ecclesiastical authority.
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- noun Administrative
divisionof the later Roman Empire, starting with the Tetrarchy.
- noun religion Region administered by a
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- noun the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop
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Originally the term diocese (Gr. dioikesis) signified management of a household, thence administration or government in general.
And the diocese is getting a new boss bishop in January!
Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, Sant'Egidio's sort of godfather in the Church, savors Saint Valentine's legacy, because his diocese is in the place where the Saint is said to have lived.
Katherine Marshall: Creating Peace In War Zones: The Roman Catholic Community Of Sant'Egidio Katherine Marshall 2010
The Virginia diocese is still in court trying to get the church property back.
For a little over a year, five Canadian and six African dioceses have engaged in diocese-to-diocese theological dialogue on matters relating to human sexuality and to mission.
Donna Daly, a spokeswoman for the Diocese of San Diego, did not immediately return a call on Sunday and no one answered at the main diocese number.
In some ways, I appreciate the fact the diocese is still building churches where churches are needed to be built.
It wasn't immediately known what Benson's position at the diocese is now.
Meanwhile, the diocese is breaking ground on a $3 million, 450-seat church in the exurb of Grafton, Our Lady Queen of Peace (below), done in a dismal retro style.
I called the diocese spokeswoman, Suzanne Gill, on her cell.