Definition of vicar apostolic in English:

vicar apostolic


  • 1A Roman Catholic missionary.

    • ‘This vicar apostolic would report to the office in Rome called the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith.’
    • ‘This meant in practice that papal letters appointing vicars apostolic were not be acknowledged.’
    • ‘From 1688, despite the danger to the individuals appointed, Rome chose men of piety, integrity, sacrifice and learning to act as vicars apostolic to areas of Britain.’
    1. 1.1A titular bishop.
      • ‘The Roman Catholic vicar apostolic for England equated Anglicanism with Donatism in a journal article.’
      • ‘It is clear, however, that dioceses which are still administered by prefects or vicars apostolic are held to have been uninterrupted by the Reformation.’
      • ‘An apostolic vicariate is led by a vicar apostolic, usually nowadays a titular bishop.’
      • ‘Upon the resignation of Bishop Kinold as vicar apostolic in 1941, Monsignor Toda Tatewaki became administrator apostolic.’
      • ‘By the early 1590s it was accepted that a full hierarchy was impossible and a more ad hoc system of vicars apostolic adopted.’
      • ‘Named vicar apostolic of North Carolina and consecrated a bishop in 1868, he attended the First Vatican Council in 1869-1870.’
      • ‘Vicars apostolic - because the church would not ordain local natives vicars apostolic were appointed by the Holy See.’


vicar apostolic

/ˈvikər ˈˌapəˈstälik/