apos·​to·​late | \ ə-ˈpä-stə-ˌlāt How to pronounce apostolate (audio) , -lət \

Definition of apostolate

1 : the office or mission of an apostle
2 : an association of persons dedicated to the propagation of a religion or a doctrine

Examples of apostolate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That presentation, hosted by the lay apostolate, begins at 6:30 p.m., a rosary of the seven sorrows prayer session begins at 5:30 p.m. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Vickroy: From the ashes of Rwanda's genocide rises a phoenix of forgiveness," 28 July 2017 Likewise, the bishop decreed that an apostolate or ministry be created at the Parish of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to serve the Polish Catholic community that has been served by St. Joseph Parish. Julie Shaw, Philly.com, "6 parishes in Camden to merge into 3," 24 June 2017

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First Known Use of apostolate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apostolate

Middle English, borrowed from Late Latin apostolātus, from apostolus apostle + Latin -ātus -ate entry 2

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“Apostolate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apostolate. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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