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- n. Plural form of housefather.
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Women, boys, and girls, and housefathers - no less than housemothers - tell me of their lives, their successes, their failures, their trials, and their several problems.
You should have given money and property for it; yet you neglect it when it is offered freely; therefore you housefathers ought to be diligent students of this preaching, that as you learn you may instruct, _discendo doceatis.
In confession and before visitors, housefathers were also to render account of the manner in which they discharged these duties.
You had the visitors, and you have furthermore those who will examine you housefathers and your household, that they may see how you have improved ....
Luther declared November 29, 1528: "Think not, ye housefathers, that you are freed from the care of your household when you say: 'Oh, if they are unwilling to go [to Catechism instruction], why should I force them?