from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An assistant to a bishop in the discharge of his official functions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Roman Catholic Church) an administrative deputy who assists a bishop


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  • MacKillop and the Josephite sisters reported the abuse to the vicar-general [the bishop's second-in-command] and disciplinary action was taken against Keating, humiliating him and angering a Father Charles Horan, who was close to Bishop Sheil.

    Rev. James Martin, S.J.: Mother Mary MacKillop: The Patron Saint of Abuse Victims

  • Already in early Medieval Latin we come across the ecclesiastical terms abbas generalis and magister generalis, whence the titles master-general, vicar-general, and superior-general evolved and still linger, at least in the modern Catholic church.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • The archbishop, the Most Rev Bernard Longley, and the vicar-general of the archdiocese will be meeting with Fr Madden when he has had the opportunity to study carefully the full report and the criticisms of himself in the context of the report.

    Army suspends Baha Mousa soldiers as more prosecutions are considered

  • After the case was brought to light by the New York Times last month, Benedict's former vicar-general in Munich, Gerhard Gruber, accepted "full responsibility" for the decision.

    Pope flies to Malta amid fresh claims of a cover-up over sex abuse scandal

  • Such was his reputation, that in 1215 Brocard, prior of mount Carmel, and general of the order, appointed him vicar-general, with full power over all the western provinces.


  • For some bizarre reason, they don't even have a bishop there, only a vicar-general.

    Slow posting continues till mid-August...

  • At that epoch he had just been made, while waiting for the episcopate, vicar-general of the Archbishop of Paris.

    Les Miserables

  • Abbe of Chaliot, bishop of Saint Claude; the other, the Abbe Tourteau, vicar-general of Agde, abbe of Grand – Champ, order of Citeaux, diocese of

    Les Miserables

  • She served as a priest and vicar-general of a branch of the underground Czech church for twenty years, until communism fell.

    Angela Bonavoglia: At Easter Sunday Mass, Only Half the Easter Story

  • L'ABBÉ EDGEWORTH DE FIRMONT was confessor of Louis XVI, and vicar-general of the Diocese of Paris at the height of the French Revolution.

    Fr. Henry Essex Edgeworth


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