pa·​rish·​ion·​er | \ pə-ˈri-sh(ə-)nər How to pronounce parishioner (audio) \

Definition of parishioner

: a member or inhabitant of a parish

Examples of parishioner in a Sentence

the parishioners of First Baptist Church

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Bob was a devout catholic and active parishioner of St. Mary's Church in Simsbury for 52 years, was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the West Hartford Squires Club., "Robert L. Snediker," 9 June 2019 One of the documents has a note scribbled in pencil in the margin saying that King was present when a parishioner was raped in a hotel room. The Economist, "FBI files suggest MLK was more complicated than his myth," 8 June 2019 Within months, the 3rd edition of the Messale Romano will be printed and available for parishioners to use. Fox News, "Pope Francis made this big change to Lord's Prayer," 6 June 2019 The movement seeks to put a spotlight on historic and unique churches, many of which have struggled financially over the past few decades as parishioners moved to the suburbs or just stopped attending church altogether. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Mass Mob kicks off 2019 season Sunday," 6 June 2019 Kylon Middleton, pastor of Mount Zion AME Church in Charleston, S.C., recounted the day that his best friend, senior pastor Clementa Pinckney, had been shot along with 10 other parishioners by a white supremacist at Emmanuel AME Church in 2015. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chabad of Poway rabbi joins leaders from Charlottesville to Pittsburgh, reflecting on resilience to combat hate," 6 June 2019 Eastern Rite churches, which represent about 16 million parishioners, are under the jurisdiction of the Vatican but are largely autonomous and operate independently of Roman Catholic archdioceses. Kristin E. Holmes,, "New metropolitan archbishop of Ukrainian Catholic Church faces challenge of renewal among U.S. faithful," 4 June 2019 Founded in a peanut farmer’s living room 36 years ago, Beth Messiah has grown from a handful of parishioners to a congregation of more than 400. Robert Downen, Houston Chronicle, "‘Hope’ becomes theme during Seder," 31 Mar. 2018 Tyler, a former St. Joseph Church seminarian intern and a graduate of Loyola Blakefield, and Matthew, a Dulaney graduate and the son of St. Joseph parishioners, Andy and Caroline DeFusco, were part of the same ordination class. Melissa Whatley,, "Recent Dulaney High grad recognized as student-athlete with a scholarship," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of parishioner

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parishioner

Middle English parisshoner, probably modification of Anglo-French parochien, from paroche

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English Language Learners Definition of parishioner

: a person who goes to a particular local church : a person who belongs to a parish


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Kids Definition of parishioner

: a member of a particular church

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