di·​oc·​e·​san | \ dī-ˈä-sə-sən How to pronounce diocesan (audio) also ˈdī-ə-ˌsē-sᵊn\

Definition of diocesan

: a bishop having jurisdiction over a diocese

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The workshop, presented in Spanish and hosted by the diocesan Office for Family Life and Spirituality, will discuss how anxiety and depression affects adolescents and what their faith communities and families can do to help. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rotary volunteers at Stand Down San Diego," 29 Aug. 2019 The four diocesan priests include one accused in Houston as well as in southwest Louisiana, and one accused in Puerto Rico. Janet Mcconnaughey, The Seattle Times, "Louisiana diocese releases names of clerics accused of abuse," 11 Apr. 2019 This is different than most other Catholic schools in the city, which are diocesan and governed by the archdiocese. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Brebeuf Jesuit is no longer part of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. What that means for the school.," 21 June 2019 At the same time, many churches have transferred their most precious artifacts to local diocesan museums, where security systems are generally more advanced. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "Hundreds of Italy’s Churches Were Robbed of Artworks. This One Was Recovered.," 22 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of diocesan

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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