coadjutor

noun
co·ad·ju·tor | \ˌkō-ə-ˈjü-tər, kō-ˈa-jə-tər \

Definition of coadjutor 

1 : one who works together with another : assistant

2 : a bishop assisting a diocesan bishop and often having the right of succession

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coadjutor adjective

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he was appointed coadjutor to the president

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He was ordained to the priesthood in 1952, named coadjutor bishop of Pereira by Pope Paul VI in 1971, head of the diocese five years later and archbishop of Bucaramanga, in north-central Colombia, in 1992. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, Vatican Conservative, Dies at 88," 22 May 2018 In 1982, he was elected bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland — the position generally involves the administration of the diocese. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "A. Theodore Eastman, former bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Maryland who supported same-sex unions, dies," 30 Apr. 2018 The pope in 2016 appointed Byrnes as coadjutor archbishop, who would permanently replace Apuron should Apuron resign, retire or be removed. Haidee V Eugenio, USA TODAY, "After Vatican verdict, Guam's Catholic church seeks to rebuild faith," 18 Mar. 2018 But in 2013, the pope reassigned Bishop Hebda to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and Francis did not name a new coadjutor archbishop for Newark. James Barron, New York Times, "Cardinal Tobin, New Newark Archbishop, Cites ‘Chasm Between Life and Faith’," 6 Jan. 2017 In 2013, the pope named a Michigan bishop, Bernard A. Hebda, to be coadjutor archbishop in Newark. James Barron, New York Times, "Cardinal Tobin, New Newark Archbishop, Cites ‘Chasm Between Life and Faith’," 6 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of coadjutor

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coadjutor

Middle English coadjutour, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin coadjutor, from Latin co- + adjutor helper, from adjuvare to help — more at aid

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