di·​o·​cese | \ ˈdī-ə-səs How to pronounce diocese (audio) , -ˌsēs, -ˌsēz\
plural dioceses\ ˈdī-​ə-​sə-​səz How to pronounce dioceses (audio) , -​ˌsē-​zəz , nonstandard  ˈdī-​ə-​ˌsēz \

Definition of diocese

: the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop

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diocesan \ dī-​ˈä-​sə-​sən How to pronounce diocesan (audio) also  ˈdī-​ə-​ˌsē-​sᵊn \ adjective

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The Vatican last week banned Bransfield from presiding over or taking part in public celebrations of Catholic liturgy and from living in the diocese. Jonathan Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore auxiliary bishop to bring pastoral ways to a West Virginia diocese troubled by scandal," 23 July 2019 The pastor previously led Saint Mary Parish in Lakeport and Saint Peter Mission in Kelseyville in Lake County, according to the diocese. Gwendolyn Wu, SFChronicle.com, "Priest with moneybags hurt in crash, allegedly pilfered $95K from Santa Rosa church," 22 July 2019 In the meantime, Kurtz remains the head of the diocese and will work with key staff, Price said, including Vicar General Fr. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz says he has cancer," 10 July 2019 The occasion is the 50th anniversary of the diocese, and the theme is evangelization and missionary discipleship. al.com, "Bishop sent retirement letter to Pope Francis, plans BJCC event," 25 June 2019 Brady has spent considerable time investigating Ryan’s misconduct in the Joliet and Springfield dioceses. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: A Joliet bishop engaged in sexual misconduct. The diocese still displays his picture in the cathedral.," 13 June 2019 That is when a different bishop assumes the pastoral care of a congregation in a diocese. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "First woman and first LGBT to lead Episcopal Diocese of Michigan," 8 June 2019 The five men charged in Michigan had worked in dioceses in Detroit, Lansing and Kalamazoo and ranged in age from 55 to 84. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Michigan Attorney General Charges Five Catholic Priests With Sexual Misconduct," 24 May 2019 Kettler said operations of the vast diocese have been affected by the lawsuits and the bankruptcy. Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News, "Diocese will pay $9.8 million to Alaska abuse victims," 25 Jan. 2010

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First Known Use of diocese

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diocese

Middle English diocise, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin diocesis, alteration of dioecesis, from Latin, administrative division, from Greek dioikēsis administration, administrative division, from dioikein to keep house, govern, from dia- + oikein to dwell, manage, from oikos house — more at vicinity

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English Language Learners Definition of diocese

: the area that is controlled by a bishop in a Christian church


di·​o·​cese | \ ˈdī-ə-səs How to pronounce diocese (audio) , -ˌsēz\

Kids Definition of diocese

: the area that is under the authority of a bishop

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