rec·to·ry | \ˈrek-t(ə-)rē \
plural rectories

Definition of rectory 

1 : a benefice held by a rector

2 : a residence of a rector or a parish priest

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Contact Rose Bergeron at 860-429-9212 or the rectory at 860-429-2860. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 19 June 2018 For more information about the carnival, call the St. Bernard Church rectory at 860-749-8353. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 29 May 2018 Proceeds from the sale will help fund the refurbishing of the rectory in preparation for the calling of a new priest. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Church news," 10 July 2018 Stein and another priest live on-site in the rectory. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Past, future to be celebrated as St. Joseph Oratory host Mass Mob," 9 June 2018 No one who visited his rectory lacked coffee, diet coke or doughnuts. Michael K. Mcintyre,, "Remembering the Rev. Mark DiNardo, beloved pastor of St. Patrick Church on Bridge Avenue: Michael K. McIntyre," 26 Jan. 2018 And church leaders accused Gallagher of alienating Hispanic congregants by harassing a Cuban priest, and also criticized his decision to add a bar and piano in his former living room at the church rectory. Marc Freeman,, "Disgruntled priest asking state Supreme Court to let him sue Catholic Church," 22 June 2018 It's beautifully crafted and adorns the rectory of Saint Rita' s in south phila. . . . Aubrey Nagle,, "Sixers stay alive vs. Celtics, supporters worry over Painted Bride, Philly is lonely | Morning Newsletter," 8 May 2018 The diocese accused Gallagher of alienating Hispanic congregants and adding a bar and piano to his former living room at the church rectory. Marc Freeman,, "Priest's slander lawsuit against diocese stopped by appeals court," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of rectory

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: the house where the rector of a Christian church lives

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