Definition of vicar general in US English:

vicar general


  • 1An Anglican official serving as a deputy or assistant to a bishop or archbishop.

    1. 1.1 (in the Roman Catholic Church) a bishop's representative in matters of jurisdiction or administration.
      • ‘Monsignor Mark Davies, vicar general for the Salford diocese and the man who will lead the celebrations in the bishop's absence, said: ‘This is a moment of history for us.’’
      • ‘Speaking to the archbishop's extended family, the vicar general said it was for them many would be praying at this difficult time.’
      • ‘He was an auxiliary bishop in Boston from 1974 to 1984; he served as chancellor from 1973 to 1984; he was also vicar general from 1977 to 1984.’
      • ‘Father Michael Mary, vicar general of Golgotha, said that most churches had a dress code and the monks viewed the entire island as holy.’
      • ‘Monsignor Denis O'Callaghan, vicar general of the Diocese of Cloyne and Rev Alan Marley, Dean of Cloyne (Church of Ireland), will lead an ecumenical blessing of the grounds.’
      • ‘‘This evening or this night,’ said Angelo Comastri, the vicar general for Vatican City, today, ‘Christ opens the door to the Pope.’’
      • ‘Bishop Murphy, Boston's former vicar general, told the Long Island Catholic that he sees no need for VOTF because a diocesan synod is being planned.’
      • ‘In 1338 he established a base at Antwerp, the capital of his ally the Duke of Brabant, and negotiated an alliance with the Holy Roman Emperor, Louis of Bavaria, which made him the imperial vicar general in Germany and France.’
      • ‘Two churchmen within the diocese of Kildare & Leighlin hold the ecclesiastic title of vicar general.’
      • ‘‘The incidents of abuse alleged in this case date from 25 to 50 years ago,’ Dennis O'Donovan, vicar general of the archdiocese, said at the press conference.’
      • ‘He learned of Bissey's offences in 1996 from the vicar general of Normandy, who had been approached by distressed parents.’
      • ‘‘This evening or this night, Christ opens the door to the pope,’ Angelo Comastri, the pope's vicar general for Vatican City, told a crowd at St Peter's Square, where tens of thousands prayed into the chilly night.’
      • ‘A radical proposal for a distinctive curriculum in Catholic schools had been proposed in 1851, a year after the passage of the Falloux Law, by Abbe Joseph Gaume, vicar general of the diocese of Nevers, in La Ver rongeur.’
      • ‘Monsignor Kieran Heskin, vicar general of the Catholic diocese of Leeds and parish priest at St Francis's RC church in Eccleshill, met the Pope in 2000 when on a visit to Rome and said it was a ‘very special moment’.’
      • ‘Achilles deSouza, vicar general of the Catholic archdiocese of Karachi in southern Pakistan, echoed the NCCP's fears.’


vicar general

/ˈvikər ˈjen(ə)rəl/