vic·​ar | \ ˈvi-kər How to pronounce vicar (audio) \

Definition of vicar

1 : an ecclesiastical agent: such as
a : a Church of England incumbent receiving a stipend but not the tithes of a parish
b : a member of the Episcopal clergy or laity who has charge of a mission or chapel
c : a member of the clergy who exercises a broad pastoral responsibility as the representative of a prelate
2 : one serving as a substitute or agent specifically : an administrative deputy

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vicarship \ ˈvi-​kər-​ˌship How to pronounce vicarship (audio) \ noun

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Drew also served as a music teacher at Elder High School from 1988 to 1991, as a vicar at St. Luke in Beavercreek from 2004 to 2005 and at St. Rita's in Dayton. Dan Horn,, "Shake-up at archdiocese: Cincinnati's No. 2 bishop failed to share complaints about priest," 5 Aug. 2019 The complaint, which was also signed by two former vicar generals, complained of Zanchetta walking by seminarians’ rooms at night, asking them for massages and inviting them to drink alcohol. Washington Post, "Prosecutor appeals against travel by bishop in abuse case," 28 June 2019 Okereke, a nun who also hails from Nigeria, says African priests serve in a wide variety of roles, including as vicars, chaplains, university professors and high school teachers. Lekan Oguntoyinbo, Quartz Africa, "African priests are now the future of the Catholic Church in the United States," 11 July 2019 Thus, eight months after his resignation and one month after Bambera became vicar for clergy, Gibson left treatment and went to live in a parish rectory outside Wilkes-Barre. Michael Rubinkam, The Seattle Times, "As bishop looks on, abusive Father Ned gets a new assignment," 4 Sep. 2018 The decision by Francis’s predecessor, Pope Benedict, to open the doors to traditionalist Anglican vicars, is in effect a temporary concession. Erasmus, The Economist, "Why Pope Francis may open the door to married priests," 18 June 2019 The granddaughter of an army sergeant-major, Mrs. May acquired a deep sense of duty from her father, a local Anglican vicar. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Theresa May’s Tough Line Scores Points but Clouds Brexit Path," 15 Jan. 2019 Tom Brittney will play Will Davenport, the new vicar of Grantchester. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Grantchester Season 4: Everything We Know So Far," 28 Mar. 2019 Bishop Salazar, one of six auxiliary bishops of Los Angeles, administered the archdiocese’s southern San Pedro region until 2009, and most recently served as vicar for the office of ethnic ministries. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "U.S. Bishop Resigns Over Old Sex-Abuse Allegations," 19 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of vicar

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for vicar

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin vicarius, from vicarius vicarious

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English Language Learners Definition of vicar

: a priest in the Church of England who is in charge of a particular church and the area around it
US : a pastor's assistant in an Episcopalian or Lutheran church


vic·​ar | \ ˈvi-kər How to pronounce vicar (audio) \

Kids Definition of vicar

: a minister in charge of a church who serves under the authority of another minister

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